I tested my tap water, household products and cat for toxic 'forever chemicals'

The extent of PFAS contamination is only now coming into focus. Here's what I learned from investigating my home.

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Toxics

High demand for new Michigan water infrastructure grants

A new grant program in Michigan to rid drinking water systems of contaminants is proving to be quite popular.

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Justice

Pledge drive urges funding racially diverse climate efforts

Donors of Color Network have launched a Climate Funders Justice Pledge, challenging the nation's climate philanthropists to shift 30% of their donations toward environmental efforts led by Black, Indigenous, Latino and other people of color.

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Justice

Corey Stern: I represent children in Flint, Michigan. Here's what I'm asking Biden to do

Every single American has a right to live and work in a safe environment. President Biden can help ensure we can.

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Climate

Michigan approves Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel permits

Michigan's environmental agency said Friday it has approved construction of an underground tunnel to house a replacement for a controversial oil pipeline in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes.

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Toxics

EPA hands off cleanup of 'green ooze' site to Michigan environmental agency

After $4.6 million cleanup, site stabilized, EPA says, and turned over to Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy for continued oversight.

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Justice

Judge gives preliminary OK to $641M Flint water deal

A judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a $641 million deal that would benefit thousands of Flint residents who were harmed by lead-contaminated water.

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Justice

Flint families welcome water crisis charges, seek healing

"I literally could have cried," said Ariana Hawk after learning Tuesday that former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and others in his administration were expected to be charged in the water crisis.

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Justice

Ex-governor’s lawyer says charges in Flint crisis would be 'meritless'

Rick Snyder, a Republican, was Michigan’s governor during the city’s water crisis, which left residents sickened.
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Biodiversity

Efforts to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes move forward under new agreements

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has signed an agreement with the State of Illinois to begin early work on an $858 million project to prevent the spread of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.
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Climate

Climate change in Michigan forces winter festivals into survival mode

Karl Schwartz wishes he was simply chasing glory on the snowmobile racing track. Instead, in recent years, he has been forced to chase increasingly elusive cold weather.

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Justice

Democratic lawmakers from Illinois, Michigan push rivals for top EPA job in Chicago

Debra Shore and Michigan’s Micah Ragland, who touts his Flint environmental justice record, compete to be the Midwest’s Environmental Protection Agency chief.
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Climate

Granholm: Biden wants to take advantage of 'economic opportunity' in fighting climate change

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D), President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Energy secretary, said on Sunday that Biden is hoping to take advantage of the "economic opportunity" of combating climate change.
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Climate

Biden picks deal-makers, fighters for climate, energy team

Joe Biden is picking deal-makers and fighters to lead a climate team he'll ask to remake and clean up the nation's transportation and power-plant systems, and as fast as politically possible.

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Justice

Social inequities explain racial gaps in pandemic, studies find

Higher rates of infection and mortality among Black and Hispanic Americans are explained by exposure on the job and at home, experts said.
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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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