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Botanists have laid out evidence that dozens of North American trees, herbs, plants and shrubs have gone extinct since European settlers arrived.
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Michigan allocates $20 million to relieve customer water debts

Michigan is using federal CARES Act funding to help residents pay off past-due water bills that accrued during the pandemic.
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Whitmer releases $500 million water infrastructure plan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a $500 million plan to upgrade drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in Michigan that includes actions such as replacing lead service lines and removing chemical pollutants.

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California, Michigan take action against climate change

California and Michigan on Wednesday announced new steps to combat climate change, as wildfires continue to tear across the West Coast and hurricane season stretches into the Greek alphabet for named storms.

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One Michigan county tells the story of a nation plagued by water pollution

Farms housing thousands of animals are one of several sources contaminating the Pine River and dividing a mid-Michigan community.

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Whitmer climate change order aims for carbon-neutral state by 2050

Citing a rising threat to public health and the environment, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed an executive order battling climate change, aiming to make Michigan's economy carbon-neutral by 2050.

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In Michigan, rising lake levels disturb sacred ground

Along Lake Michigan’s shores, rising waters are eroding Indigenous Odawa burial sites.
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A battle over mandatory farmworker testing reveals a broken system

Michigan just instituted the most far-reaching protections for farmworkers, but some farmers went to court to scrap them.
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Detroit: Public updated on Marathon deal that includes air quality upgrades for school

State regulators on Wednesday began accepting public comment on a proposed agreement with Marathon Petroleum Co. over emissions violations.

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New Dearborn ordinance aims to reduce air pollution from fugitive dust

The Dearborn City Council unanimously passed an ordinance aimed at reducing air pollution from industrial debris after a nearly two-year push by members of the community.

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Michigan PFAS lawsuit against 3M, DuPont advances to discovery

The Michigan Attorney General's lawsuit against major global chemical producers like 3M and DuPont, which made toxic fluorochemicals that have caused widespread pollution, is moving forward.

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Michigan to pay $600 mln to Flint water crisis victims

Michigan says it has reached a preliminary settlement to pay $600 million to victims of the Flint water crisis, potentially closing a chapter on one of the country's worst public health crises in recent memory.

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Detroit area toxic green “ooze” site cleanup continues with a $4 million pricetag

The cleanup of a toxic site in the metro Detroit suburb of Madison Heights is ongoing, but state and federal agencies say it'll cost more than originally predicted - around $4 million.

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Without federal protections, farm workers risk coronavirus infection to harvest crops

Skeptics say the lack of enforceable federal safety standards geared toward the coronavirus allows these employers to prioritize the harvest over worker safety.
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With ‘trepidation,’ Michigan settles Wurtsmith PFAS cleanup dispute

Michigan environmental regulators have settled a three-year dispute with the U.S. Air Force over the pace and adequacy of toxic fluorochemical cleanup at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base.

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Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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