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Topic: Environmental Toxins

Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing succeeds in gaining additional state budget funds to save children from lead poisoning

Michigan Environmental Report
The state legislature passed a budget in June that included $500,000 more for lead abatement, raising the total for lead remediation in the 2015 budget to $1.75 million. The Safe Homes/Safe Kids: Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing (MIALSH) coalition brought people to the Capitol in advance of the budget hearings for a day of outreach to state policymakers. Coalition members also testified before both the House and Senate during the budget process.
View ArticleJul 1, 2014  •  Spring 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan Environmental Council applauds federal proposal to cut carbon pollution

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Michigan Environmental Council welcomes the Environmental Protection Agency's action today to curb carbon emissions from power plants, the country's largest source of greenhouse gases. The draft rule announced this morning would require a 30 percent reduction from 2005 levels in power-sector carbon emissions by 2030.
Read MoreJun 2, 2014

Bills would allow use of hazardous materials without landowner's consent

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Property owners could have hazardous industrial byproducts placed on their land without their consent under legislation being considered this week in the Michigan House of Representatives.
Read MoreApr 30, 2014

Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing holds May 7 Legislative Education Day

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The Safe Homes/Safe Kids: Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing (MIALSH) coalition—made up of health departments, lead contractors, small business owners, homeowners, landlords, and other service providers—will bring people to the Capitol on May 7 for a day of outreach to state policymakers on the impacts of lead poisoning and the need for consistent funding for prevention and abatement.
View ArticleApr 25, 2014

Lead poisoning prevention advocates come to the Capitol; Rep. Olumba gets personal about his daughters’ lead exposure

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Advocates who helped secure $1.25 million for lead poisoning prevention funding in this year’s state budget blanketed the Capitol this month, showing lawmakers that the money is being effectively spent and advocating for continued funding in this year’s budget.
View ArticleFeb 28, 2014

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Wayne County – Detroit reduces housing-related health risks

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No one would choose to live in a home poisoned with lead. But unless you know what to look for, the risk can be invisible.
View ArticleDec 5, 2013

Success! State budget includes $1.25 million to help keep Michigan kids safe from lead dangers

Michigan Environmental Report
More than $1 million to help keep Michigan children safe from lead poisoning was included in a budget bill signed in June by Governor Rick Snyder. The allocation was a direct result of advocacy and education efforts by the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing (MIALSH). MEC is part of the coalition’s core leadership team.
View ArticleJun 20, 2013  •  Spring 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

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In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
View ArticleJun 20, 2013  •  Spring 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Success! State budget includes $1.25 million to keep Michigan kids safe from lead dangers

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More than 6,500 kids in Michigan have elevated lead levels, which lead to lost IQ, permanent damage to reproductive and endocrine systems, behavior and aggression problems and many others. This funding will help reduce the number of poisoned children.
Read MoreJun 20, 2013

EPA may end SS Badger's long run on coal

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The iconic Michigan steamship, the SS Badger, may lose its permit to dump spent coal into Lake Michigan.
View ArticleMar 7, 2013

President's Column: Looking ahead in 2013

Michigan Environmental Report
When it came to environmental issues, 2012 ended on a positive note. We will work to continue that trend in 2013.
View ArticleJan 17, 2013  •  Fall 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

Take action on 25x25: Send a letter to your family & friends

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MEC Development Director Andy Draheim's recent letter to his friends and family encapsulated his reasons for supporting Proposal 3, the 25x25 renewable energy standard on Michigan's ballot. We provide it here as an educational and outreach tool to YOUR friends and family who are interested in cutting through the confusing fog of television advertising and overwrought hyperbole.
View ArticleOct 29, 2012

MEC: Michigan Legislature has opportunity to help eradicate childhood lead poisoning

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The Michigan Environmental Council today applauded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) decision to cut in half the reference value for lead in children’s blood. There is no safe level of lead, and the CDC action is a step in the right direction.
Read MoreMay 21, 2012

Harnessing the power of Mom

Michigan Environmental Report
As clean air standards are debated in Congress this year, a Michigan environmental group has hired two dynamic residents to help ensure our children will be guaranteed clean and safe air.
View ArticleApr 12, 2012  •  Winter 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

Our Kids, Our Communities

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New campaign will make Michigan a healthy place for kids to grow and thrive.
Read MoreSep 14, 2011

MEC report: Michigan’s old coal plants costing residents $1.5 billion annually in health care

Michigan Environmental Report
A Michigan Environmental Council report that drew more than 120 legislators and policymakers to a State Capitol briefing in June shows the state’s oldest coal-fired electricity plants cost Michiganders $1.5 billion annually in health care expenses. “Public Health Impacts of Old Coal-Fired Power Plants in Michigan” examines pollution from small particulate matter – the main component in soot.
View ArticleJul 6, 2011  •  July 2011 Online - Michigan Environmental Report

Report: Michigan’s old coal plants costing residents $1.5 billion annually in health care

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The Michigan Environmental Council called on the State Legislature to provide greater oversight of Michigan utilities today following the release of a report showing that the state’s oldest coal-fired electricity plants cost Michiganders $1.5 billion annually in health care costs.
Read MoreJun 27, 2011

Public Health Impacts of Old Coal-Fired Power Plants in Michigan

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This report quantifies the economic burden and health toll that the state’s oldest coal-fired power plants create. It examines pollution from small particulate matter – the main component in smog. The report found that the state’s nine oldest coal plants cost a family of four an average of over $500 per year in expenses and damages associated with increased hospital admissions, premature deaths and treatments for asthma, respiratory ailments, and cardiovascular problems, among others. The study also estimated national impacts of Michigan’s old coal power plants, finding that they are responsible for $5.4 billion in health care costs – mostly in the Great Lakes region where much of the pollution falls out. Those plants began operation between 1949 and 1968 and are among the most polluting and least efficient in the state.
Download ReportJun 27, 2011

CHILDREN’S HEALTH: Toxic chemicals in kids’ toys would be disclosed under legislation being crafted at the State Capitol

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan parents would have new tools to help keep their kids safe from toxic chemicals in toys under legislation expected soon in the State Senate. The bill would require large toy manufacturers and importers to disclose their use of hazardous chemicals in children’s products.
View ArticleMar 23, 2011  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

Toxic chemicals in kids’ toys would be disclosed under legislation being crafted at the State Capitol

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan parents would have new tools to help keep their kids safe from toxic chemicals in toys under legislation expected soon in the State Senate. The bill would require large toy manufacturers and importers to disclose their use of hazardous chemicals in children's products.
View ArticleFeb 21, 2011  •  February 2011 Online - Michigan Environmental Report

GardenGreen coalition aims to reduce, eliminate use of dangerous lawn pesticides

Michigan Environmental Report
A new initiative by MEC member group LocalMotionGreen aims to reduce the use of toxic pesticides on lawns and gardens in Grosse Pointe and all of Southeast Michigan.
View ArticleDec 15, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

What’s in your shale layer?

Michigan Environmental Report
Below is a partial list of chemicals used by hydraulic fracturing companies in Pennsylvania, according to research by that state’s Department of Environmental Protection. Companies are not required to disclose the amounts or types of chemicals used in their fracking fluids.
View ArticleAug 30, 2010  •  Summer 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

Healthy Kids coalition educates candidates, asks support to safeguard children from toxic hazards

Michigan Environmental Report
A coalition dedicated to protecting children from toxic exposure is asking Michigan candidates to take a stand this election season
View ArticleAug 23, 2010  •  Summer 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Environmental Toxins

Phosphate-free dish detergent now the law in Michigan; healthier lawn fertilizer up next

Michigan Environmental Report
Phosphorus in automatic dishwasher detergents became a thing of the past in Michigan when a statewide ban took effect on July 1.
View ArticleAug 22, 2010  •  Summer 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan Environmental Council asks EPA to probe flaws in state's air quality program

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The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) today requested the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) investigate deficiencies in Michigan’s implementation of the Clean Air Act. Those deficiencies stem from underfunding of the state’s air program.
Read MoreMar 17, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: Environmental Toxins

Smoking ban becomes law May 1; here’s what you’ll need to know

Michigan Environmental Report
A new Michigan law banning smoking at bars, restaurants, and all other worksites, with the exception of the gaming floors of the three Detroit casinos and existing cigar bars and tobacco specialty stores, will become effective on May 1 of this year. The Michigan Environmental Council preferred a ban without the exceptions, but supported the final legislation, which was passed by the Michigan Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Dec. 18, 2009. Some frequently asked questions about the ban are reprinted below.
View ArticleMar 1, 2010  •  Winter 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Environmental Toxins

Michigan House votes to phase out dangerous fire retardant deca-BDE

Michigan Environmental Report
A dangerous fire retardant would be phased out in favor of less toxic alternatives in Michigan under legislation passed overwhelmingly in the State House of Representatives in January.
View ArticleMar 1, 2010  •  Winter 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Environmental Toxins

Path to cheaper, cleaner trash disposal in Detroit rife with political pitfalls

Michigan Environmental Report
Politics and constant transition in Detroit’s leadership this year has frustrated Detroiters working to establish cleaner, cheaper alternatives to the Detroit incinerator for disposal of the city’s garbage. But MEC Community Outreach Director Sandra Turner-Handy has been at the forefront of the effort, meeting with mayoral staffers and key allies in Detroit in an effort to keep the politics of confusion from undermining good policy decisions.
View ArticleAug 28, 2009  •  Summer 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report

Protecting your family from pesticides

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Pesticides are chemicals used to kill plants, insects, rodents, and other pests. Pesticide exposure in children is linked to increases in cancer, hyperactivity, developmental delays, behavior problems including ADHD, and physical limitations. Learn simple steps to protect your family from exposure to pesticides.
Download ReportAug 17, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: Pesticides, Environmental Toxins

Great Lakes Health Banner making a comeback!

Michigan Environmental Report
The Great Lakes Health Banner—a powerful documentary of the work of Great Lakes and Michigan organizations concerned about the health effects of toxins and the lack of effective action by elected officials—is making a comeback.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

City mulls options for cheaper, safer post-incinerator garbage disposal

Michigan Environmental Report
A blueprint for a cleaner, healthier, cheaper way of handling Detroit’s waste is being considered by Detroit Mayor Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. in the wake of the city’s decision to stop burning garbage at the expensive, polluting Detroit incinerator.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

Opinion: For the sake of our children, legislature should phase out dangerous fire retardant

Michigan Environmental Report
Last year my son Bryan, now 13, and I participated in a seven-state project called “Is It In Us?” intended to find out whether toxic chemicals used in everyday products have found their way into the bodies of average people. The answer, for us and the 33 participants in six other states, was a frightening and absolute “yes.”
View ArticleAug 11, 2008  •  Summer 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Environmental Toxins

Opinion: Voters should make State House candidates accountable to children’s health initiatives

Michigan Environmental Report
Lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxic chemicals do not belong in toys or children’s products. Unfortunately, as the recall of nearly five million toys and children’s products containing lead in the U.S. in 2008 demonstrates, our federal system has failed to protect Michigan’s children from toxic toys.
View ArticleAug 11, 2008  •  Summer 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Environmental Toxins

Drug giant drops lindane lawsuit against Ecology Center

Michigan Environmental Report
The Michigan Environmental Council supported member group Ecology Center in defending itself from a frivolous lawsuit filed by Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals. The company’s suit was designed, in MEC’s opinion, to thwart efforts by the Center and others, including MEC, from pursuing legislation to restrict the dangerous chemical’s use on children.
View ArticleMay 29, 2008  •  Spring 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

Editorial: EPA ouster a sad chapter in Dow/dioxin mess

Michigan Environmental Report
When Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region IV Administrator Mary Gade was forced from office in early May, it ignited a firestorm of controversy. Gade had aggressively tried to force Dow Chemical Co. to clean up waterways that have for decades been laced with toxic dioxin from the company’s Midland, MI plant.
View ArticleMay 29, 2008  •  Spring 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

State’s children win with new laws regulating toxic lead in kids’ toys

Michigan Environmental Report
The Michigan Environmental Council and its allies from the public health community scored an important victory in late 2007 with the passage of state laws protecting children from lead poisoning.
View ArticleJan 4, 2008  •  Winter 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Environmental Toxins

Ecology Center’s toxic toys campaign creates avalanche of awareness, publicity

Michigan Environmental Report
The first consumer action guide to toxic chemicals in children’s toys was launched by the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center on the eve of the holiday shopping season—creating a crescendo of national publicity and awareness
View ArticleJan 1, 2008  •  Winter 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Environmental Toxins

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
View ArticleJan 1, 2008  •  Winter 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

West Michigan Environmental Health Initiative earns federal honors, dollars

Michigan Environmental Report
The Greater Grand Rapids Children’s Environmental Health Initiative recently earned recognition from federal agencies as one of four national models of community collaboration projects.
View ArticleJan 1, 2008  •  Winter 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

Beware: Toxic dangers may lurk in holiday decorations

Michigan Environmental Report
Artificial Christmas trees are not the only holiday decoration containing lead—a potent neurotoxin that is especially dangerous to the developing brains and bodies of young children.
View ArticleOct 22, 2007  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report

Detroit refinery expansion: Will Marathon learn from BP?

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan’s only oil refinery wants to get bigger, potentially adding to air pollution in a southwest Detroit neighborhood that already is bordered by two expressways, a steel mill, a salt mine, and dozens of other heavy-duty industrial facilities.
View ArticleOct 22, 2007  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report

Pollution-induced asthma: Tiny daggers in the lungs

Michigan Environmental Report
Particulate matter pollution - more commonly known as smog - from industrial sources, including oil refineries, can trigger heart attacks, respiratory illness and asthma attacks in children.
View ArticleOct 22, 2007  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report

Legislature takes on toxic lead in kids’ toys

Michigan Environmental Report
Toys should be safe. It is just common sense that the things we give to young children—and that almost certainly end up in their mouths—should not contain lead and other hazards.
View ArticleOct 22, 2007  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Environmental Toxins

Massive factory farms must play by the rules, and tough new rules are desparately needed

Michigan Environmental Report
Huge factory farms, known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), need to be more accountable to the environment and public health, contends a coalition including the Michigan Environmental Council, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan and many others.
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report

Neighbors of Grand Traverse area cherry plant force cleanup, changes

Michigan Environmental Report
After six years enduring intense smells and numerous discharges of maraschino cherry wastewater from the Williamsburg Receiving & Storage Co. (WRS), a group of neighbors, supported by the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC), reached a settlement in Grand Traverse County Circuit Court earlier this year.
View ArticleMay 15, 2007  •  Spring 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report

Guns on Great Lakes fall silent

Michigan Environmental Report
Machine gun training spewing unregulated amounts of toxic lead into Great Lakes sediment was halted—then shelved indefinitely—by the U.S. Coast Guard after a chorus of objections from across the region.
View ArticleFeb 1, 2007  •  Winter 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report

Coalition slams brakes on controversial Big Rock nuclear park proposal

Michigan Environmental Report
An MEC-led coalition helped stop a controversial proposal to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to acquire the grounds of the former Big Rock Point nuclear power plant near Charlevoix.
View ArticleNov 30, -0001  •  Winter 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Environmental Toxins
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