Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Heidi Grether
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder has taken hits for naming an oil company lobbyist to run the state’s environmental protection department

WEMU

Drinking water samples from more than three dozen homes in Ann Arbor and Scio Township will be tested for 1,4 dioxane. 


Flint Water
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Two state water quality experts and a Flint utility official face criminal charges related to the Flint water crisis.


Jeff Irwin
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A town hall meeting will be held this evening from 6PM to 8PM in Ann Arbor to discuss the latest dioxane plume situation in the area.


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

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.


Air Pollution
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The air you breathe may actually being making you sick.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Kindra Weid, Health Fellow for MI Air, MI Health, to discuss air quality and health in Michigan. 


Flint Water
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A legislative committee went to Flint yesterday to hear from local officials and residents about the city’s water crisis


Drinking Water
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A joint legislative committee looking into the Flint water crisis has been told state environmental watchdogs failed to follow federal clean water rules. 


State Representative Jeff Irwin
Courtesy Photo / housedems.com

State Representative Jeff Irwin is praising a new rule that changes the acceptable levels allowed of dioxane in Michigan.  

WikiCommons

A 1,4 Dioxane plume has contaminated the well water of a family in Washtenaw County.


Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Democrats in the state Legislature say it’s time to restore citizen oversight panels to supervise air and water programs in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  


Jeff Irwin
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

The Flint water crisis has led many communities to reexamine water safety.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with  State Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) about the push for more funding to fix the crisis and how to improving testing standards for water quality in Michigan.


Washtenaw County

 

Officials are increasing pressure on the state to stop a dangerous underground dioxane plume before it reaches the Huron River, Ann Arbor’s main water source.


Debbie Dingell
U.S. House of Representatives / house.gov

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell gave her now annual "state of the district" address at an Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Regional Chamber luncheon Thursday.


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder says the federal government has not been held fully accountable for its role in the Flint water crisis.   


Flint
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Governor Rick Snyder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver are set to meet on Thursday to discuss the city’s water emergency.


Dan Wyant
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The head of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has resigned over the drinking water crisis in Flint.