Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

Funding for Flint

Governor requests $48.8M more for crisis-stricken city


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Detroit News

Gov. Rick Snyder proposed an additional nearly $49 million in state aid for still-recovering Flint after lead tainted its water supply and spurred a public health crisis. Snyder called for the extra money during his annual budget presentation to state lawmakers, where his office recommends how the state divvies up a $56.3 billion annual budget. The Flint aid will ensure the city can continue existing programs for the new year starting in October, Snyder said.


EPA OKs slower rollout of Wisconsin water rules

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The U.S. EPA has approved a bid by Wisconsin officials to allow a slower rollout of rules limiting the discharge of a dominant pollutant into waterways. The EPA notified the Department of Natural Resources that it will allow the state to phase in tougher regulations to limit the discharge of phosphorus from point sources such as sewage treatment plants and factories.


Ohio releases phosphorus-reduction plan early


The Ohio EPA has released its framework for reducing phosphorus levels in western Lake Erie under the under the state’s agreement with Michigan and Ontario, Canada. It has been rolled out one year ahead of the deadline set by the U.S. EPA and Canada. The goal is reducing phosphorus runoff by 20 percent by 2020 and 40 percent by 2025.