The Legacy of AJ Birkbeck, PFAS Leader

Ada attorney is a collaborator, strategist, protector and mentor

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Friends of the Rouge: Fighting floods with gardens & barrels

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Coal ash's impacts on water and health, revealed

As we move to close all Michigan coal plants, MEC's coal ash report finds that threats still remain

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Our program priorities detail Michigan's opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

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Michigan budget includes big wins for healthy homes

The $70 billion state budget, signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday, includes funding that will make homes safer and healthier for Michiganders.

Residents will soon have better opportunities to get lead out of their homes, regulate household temperature and keep PFAS and other chemicals out of their faucets.

“The Michigan Environmental Council would like to thank lawmakers and Gov. Whitmer for prioritizing residents' health,” said Tina Reynolds, program director for environmental health at the Michigan Environmental Council. “We spend more than 80% of our time indoors. The safety of our homes is a critical part of a healthy environment.”

The Legacy of AJ Birkbeck, PFAS Leader

It began with a skim through the Yellow Pages.

Lynn McIntosh needed an environmental lawyer. Her thick phonebook yielded only one: AJ Birkbeck, Fulcrum Law.

So she gave him a call, and a short while later she was driving from small-town Rockford to East Grand Rapids in her rundown ’97 Mercury van.

COVID fund investments would make people, homes, planet healthier

Healthier, more affordable homes; cleaned-up communities; and a premiere electric vehicle workforce could soon be coming to Michigan.

It was all in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's vision for billions in unused American Rescue Plan dollars, which she revealed Monday afternoon.

The Michigan Environmental Council applauded her proposal, noting its emphasis on clean energy jobs and smart development will create financial and environmental resiliency.