Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

Flint fallout

Water report prompts apologies, resignations

City of Flint

Detroit News

Michigan’s top environmental official resigned after an independent task force delivered its initial findings on the Flint water crisis — conclusions that also prompted an apology from Gov. Rick Snyder. Dan Wyant, director of the Department of Environmental Quality since 2011, tendered his resignation last week, marking the second agency shakeup in just over two months related to Flint’s drinking water problems.

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President signs ban on microbead pollution

MLive.com

Say goodbye to the beads. President Barack Obama signed into law a ban on tiny plastic particles used in personal cosmetic products that scientists say are polluting U.S. lakes, rivers and the oceans. The bipartisan "Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015" prohibits the manufacture and introduction into interstate commerce of rinse-off cosmetics containing intentionally-added plastic microbeads.

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Minnesota cities rethink how to deal with flooding

Star Tribune

The Twin Cities received record rainfall in 2014, but that was just the start of what experts predict will be more extreme weather in the future. As a result, two cities in Hennepin and Carver counties are taking a fresh look at ways to manage flooding, as part of a federally funded study. The study shows the various ways in which each city may or may not be prepared for more heavy rainfall.

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