Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

Help arrives for Flint

Mich. governor OKs $9.35M for switch to Detroit water

RYAN GARZA

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press

Major strides were taken late last week to bring clean water to the beleaguered city of Flint, Mich. On Thursday, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill allocating $9.35 million to help the city reconnect to the Detroit Water and Sewer system. By Friday evening, Flint reportedly started channeling its water from Detroit. But even as the water began to flow and officials heralded the development, the transition in water quality will not be complete for about three weeks.

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States allowed to decide Ohio River mercury tests

Columbus Dispatch

States along the Ohio River will decide how and where companies test to determine how much mercury they release into the waterway, according to a decision by the multistate commission overseeing the river’s health. The decision means there will be no single, comprehensive plan for testing how much mercury polluters release into the river.

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New chemicals contaminate Great Lakes birds

Environmental Health News

Stain repellent and fire retardant chemicals that scientists know little about are increasingly showing up in herring gull eggs around the Great Lakes, spurring concern for potential health impacts. The gulls are considered a sentinel species, and the contaminants paint a picture of a shifting chemical profile in the Great Lakes, which holds about 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water.

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