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August 31, 2009

DEADLINE: SEJ Post-Conference Tour / IJNR Lake Country Institute

SEJ Members: Apply by August 31st for an all-expenses-paid fellowship for SEJ's Oct 11-14, 2009, post-conference tour: IJNR's Lake Country Institute!

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"Michigan High Court OKs Flint Residents’ Class Action Over Lead"

"Residents of Flint, Mich., can bring a class action against the state and their former governor for personal injury and property damage caused by the city switching to untreated river water that corroded pipes in 2014, which exposed thousands to lead-contaminated drinking water."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 07/30/2020

HB 6 Repeal Would Address Only Part Of Ohio Actions To Slow Renewables

"Both Republican and Democratic Ohio lawmakers are pushing to repeal the state’s nuclear bailout bill after this week’s release of a federal criminal complaint against House Speaker Larry Householder and others. Clean energy advocates say that would be a start, but more is needed to address eight years of lawmakers’ actions to slow the growth of renewables in the state."

Source: Energy News Network, 07/24/2020

Michigan To Adopt New, Low PFAS Drinking Water Limits

"New standards limiting how much toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS can be in Michigan’s public drinking water will take effect after a legislative committee adjourned without taking action to block or change them."

Source: Grand Rapids Press, 07/23/2020

"Whitmer: Enbridge Dodging Responsibility For Potential Spill"

"Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer criticized Enbridge Inc. on Wednesday for what she described as the company’s refusal to make an airtight pledge to pay for damages caused by a potential oil spill from its pipeline beneath a Great Lakes channel."

Source: AP, 07/23/2020

Ohio House Speaker Charged With $61 Million in Bribes for Energy Bailout

"Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R) helped pass a controversial nuclear bailout bill in exchange for almost $61 million in bribes, federal prosecutors said Tuesday as they announced racketeering charges against the official."

Source: The Hill, 07/22/2020

"EPA Aims To Take East Chicago Homes Off Toxic Superfund List"

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to remove hundreds of once-contaminated East Chicago properties from its National Priorities List to spur development in the northwestern Indiana city that could potentially qualify homes for interior lead abatement."

Source: AP, 07/21/2020

"Exelon Unit Admits Bribery as Probe Entangles Illinois Speaker"

"Exelon Corp.’s Commonwealth Edison unit is admitting to bribery in a deal that ends a federal lobbying investigation, prompting the governor of Illinois to say the speaker of the state’s House of Representatives may have to step down."

Source: Bloomberg, 07/20/2020

Detroit: Civil Rights Coalition Sues To Bar Water Shutoffs For Residents

"A coalition of civil rights groups have filed a landmark class action to permanently ban water shutoffs for Detroit residents and force the city to implement an affordable payment plan."

Source: Guardian, 07/10/2020

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