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From Monday night's Ann Arbor City Council meeting to finding out how to participate in the upcoming 4th of July parade in Ann Arbor, "Civic Matters" has your engagement opportunities covered! 

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Motorists could have some trouble getting around Ann Arbor this Sunday.

There are plenty of opportunities to participate in "Civic Matters" this week.  In this weekly get-together, WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative, explore what is going on in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.  


Michigan goes for the national title in men's basketball tonight and there will be a major watch party at Crisler Center.  Ann Arbor City Council will consider buying back the old YMCA lot while the Ann Arbor Public Schools wants input on the future of the district.  Those are just some of the topics In this week's edition of 'Civic Matters.' 


There are plenty of civic engagement opportunities in our area over the next week.  WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative explore some of them and reflect on the weekend's "March For Our Lives" rally in Ann Arbor.  That and more in this week's edition of "Civic Matters." 


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Ann Arbor-area students are preparing for a national, school walkout and protest march in the weeks ahead.  Ann Arbor City Council is meeting tonight in both special and regular session and road construction season is about to begin in earnest.  Those topics and more are covered in this week's edition of "Civic Matters" 

The State of Michigan is in the process of revising its Lead and Copper rule.  The decisions made could impact whether we see another situation like the Flint Water Crisis occur in Michigan.  What should, and could, happen as the public comment period winds down, is the topic of conversation on this month's edition of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment. 


At the end of this month, the UM Museum of Natural History will close its doors.  The contents are being packed up at the Ruthven Museums Building and will be moved to the schools new Biological Science Building.  Listen as the director of the museum, Amy Harris, discusses the process of moving, the plans for a staggered opening and the impact the new facility will provide students and the public. 


Ann Arbor City Council meets tonight for the final time in 2017.  Looking ahead to 2018, there are a lot of major issues to contend with and some significant goals and aspirations.  Look ahead to the new year in Ann Arbor with WEMU's David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative in this week's edition of "Civic Matters."


The snow has started to arrive.  In this week's edition of "Civic Matters," get a reminder on snow policy and how to keep track of Ann Arbor snow plows.  Additionally, WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan will discuss a financial strategy meeting of the Ann Arbor City Council and whether City Administrator Howard Lazarus will be leaving for Texas.  


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Environmental Protection Agency risk assessments indicate that the drinking water concentration representing a one in a 100,000 cancer risk level for 1,4-dioxane is 3.5 parts per billion, and for a one in a million cancer risk it is .35 ppb.  Only three states still have double-digit drinking water guidelines for dioxane:  New York, South Carolina, and Michigan.  Obviously, what is “safe” is subject to subject to interpretation, and is influenced by many variables.  But there is growing awareness that what is safe for you, may not be safe for your children or grandchildren. 


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The University of Michigan’s research in human and environmental health is of global import.  Should the university “think local” as well?  In this segment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas looks at the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor area’s 1,4-dioxane contamination. 

 


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Former Republican Governor William Milliken is formally endorsing Democratic State Representative Gretchen Driskell.

 

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For over ten years, the cleanup criterion for 1,4-Dioxane in Michigan has been 85 ppb.  This is in spite of the fact that in 2010, the EPA in recommended 3.5 ppb as the screening level for a one in 100,000 cancer risk. Finally, the Michigan DEQ has proposed a safer limit:  7.2 ppb.  Today—Earth Day—WEMU’s “The Green Room” looks a how this may affect Ann Arbor’s groundwater cleanup.


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In the past two decades, Michigan’s dioxane standards have seen extremes, going from 3 to 85 parts per billion (ppb).  Now 7.2 ppb is being proposed by the MDEQ.  Other states' standards are all over the map.  The EPA’s current recommended levels for dioxane exposure vary greatly as well, depending on multiple factors.   In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas looks at some reasons why it is so hard to come up with uniform guidelines for safe levels of dioxane.


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Since 1995, 4,000 prohibition zones have been put in place in Michigan to “manage risk,” i.e. prevent people from coming into contact with contaminated soil or water.  In this installment of WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas looks at how the balance between cleaning up pollution versus managing the risk is playing out when it comes to the Ann Arbor area's 1.4 dioxane plume. 


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There is a long road ahead to adequately address an expanding 1,4 dioxane plume in the Ann Arbor area. The plume has contaminated wells in Scio township and Ann Arbor and is slowly moving towards the city's municipal water supply at Barton Pond. In this month's '1st Friday Focus on the Environment',  Liza Wozniak talks with Washtenaw County Commissioner Yousef Rabhi about the next steps in the journey.  


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Over the next few months, WEMU's environmental feature, 'The Green Room.' will focus exclusively on the 1,4 dioxane plume that is impacting groundwater in the Ann Arbor area. Following last week's initial report looking at how another major city is handling its dioxane issues, we take the next step in exploring whether solutions in Tuscon, Arizona might work here. 


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Academy Award nominations will be announced Thursday January 14 at 8:30 AM.  WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins discuss some of these sure-to-be-nominated films currently playing in downtown Ann Arbor. It's all part of this week's edition of "Cinema Chat."


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Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has started focusing on what it can do to improve the city in 2016.


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This is the week one of cinema's biggest franchises returns. 'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens'  hits theaters Friday. There are plenty of other movie options this weekend, too. Additionally, Indie Wire and the American film Institute have kicked off the award season. It's all covered for you in this week's 'Cinema Chat' with David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins.


  It is still a little early, but the buzz in Hollywood regarding potential Oscar nominees continues to grow. A number of oft-mentioned films are available to you this week. In this week's edition of 'Cinema Chat,'   Michigan Theater Program Director Ruth Lednicer joins WEMU's David Fair to give you the rundown. 


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It's a holiday weekend, and there are plenty of movie options for you to choose from! Hitting the theater with family or friends is nice after the Thanksgiving festivities. Sometimes catching a click is the perfect answer when you've had too much of family and friends! Either way, Russ Collins and David Fair cover your options for the extended weekend in WEMU's 'Cinema Chat.' 


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Another star turn for Meryl Streep, amazing documentaries and an Angelie Jolie/Brad Pitt film with blockbuster designs. It's all part of this weeks edition of Cinema Chat with David Fair and Michigan Theater CEO and Executive Director Russ Collins.