Flint lead problems raised at national water hearing

November 18, 2015 | Detroit Free Press

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee was among a group from Michigan testifying Wednesday before an advisory panel looking at changes to the nation’s regulations on lead in drinking water, saying the current rule — as applied by state and federal agencies — failed the people of Flint after high levels of lead were detected this year.

“What happened in Flint is a failure of government,” Kildee, […]

Lawmaker: Give Flint $50M to replace lead water pipes

November 12, 2015 | Detroit Free Press

State Rep. Sheldon Neeley, D-Flint, who has been raising concerns about his city’s water since his days as a city councilman, did as promised and announced a package of eight pieces of legislation worth more than $50 million that would replace lead service pipes in his city and provide support and educational services for children who have been poisoned by lead-tainted water.

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ARISE Detroit! 6th Annual Neighborhoods Rising Summit

November 9, 2015

IMG950396Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Detroit-Wayne County (GHHI Detroit-Wayne County) participated as an exhibitor at the ARISE Detroit! 6th Annual Neighborhoods Rising Summit. The event took place on Saturday, November 7 at the Wayne County Community College District downtown campus and provided residents with workshops and presentations about how they could improve their neighborhoods.

GHHI Detroit-Wayne County provided attendees with information about green and healthy homes […]

Year before water change, state knew of risks in Flint

November 7, 2015 | Detroit Free Press

State and local officials knew in 2013 that without proper treatment of water drawn from the Flint River, they risked subjecting the people of Flint to lead-contaminated drinking water.

But the next year, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality OK’d Flint’s plan to pump water from the river, and into residents’ homes, without adding an important chemical that would prevent contamination from lead in old pipes.

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Legislators call for investigation into altered Flint lead report

November 5, 2015 | MLive

FLINT, MI — Two state representatives are pushing for a federal investigation into the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

State Reps. Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) and Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) are calling for the federal investigation into the DEQ, according to a news release from Phelps’ office. The call for the investigation came after a Michigan Radio story was publish Thursday, Nov. 5 claiming the DEQ knowingly dropped two lead […]

Feds warn of new threat in Flint water that may pose “immediate and acute health hazards”

November 5, 2015 | Michigan Radio

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says people living in Flint should be warned of the potential for “high lead release” into their tap water if road work or other physical disturbances to lead and even non-lead service lines occur.

The agency says these physical disturbances “could pose an immediate and acute health hazard” to residents.

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When Are Laws Strictly Enforced? Criminal Justice, Housing Quality, And Public Health

November 5, 2015 | Health Affairs Blog

At the end of a summer punctuated by media coverage of the deaths of African-American men and women at the hands of law enforcement, I passed a sign on the highway that struck me as ironic. The sign simply read: Laws Strictly Enforced. The sign was presumably intended to warn drivers that, should they speed, law enforcement would be there to enforce the speed limit and […]

Detroit’s demo disaster: A Land Bank Peyton’s Place?

November 4, 2015 | Fox 2 Detroit

For the past few weeks, Charlie LeDuff has dug deep. Real deep, into the scandal that just keeps going.

Full of fuzzy contracts and finger pointing, the demolition numbers from Mayor Mike Duggan don’t add up.

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$3.7M extra paid in Detroit’s blight fight

November 1, 2015 | Detroit Free Press

A controversial deal between Detroit’s land bank and several large contractors designed to speed up demolitions at a set price instead ended up costing the city at least $3.7 million more than expected, according to records reviewed by the Free Press.

Contracts awarded last summer to major demolition companies rose above what the Detroit Land Bank Authority said were take-it-or-leave-it prices, records show. The land bank […]

33 children in Ionia County have high lead levels

October 30, 2015 | Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA COUNTY – There are 33 children in the county currently testing positive for high lead levels in their blood, according to the Ionia Health Department.

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