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The new year brings a number of environmental challenges in Michigan.  Governor Rick Snyder is in his lame duck year, and mid-term elections could impact legislative priorities.  In this month's edition of "1st Friday Focus on the Environment," you'll get a sense of where we're headed. 


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Warmer temperatures may lead to even bigger algal blooms on Lake Erie this summer. Meantime, Flint, MI is still without a safe water supply, three years after lead contamination was discovered.  WEMU's David Fair gets the latest on those issues in his conversation with Lisa Wozniak, executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. 


Flint Water
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The state of Michigan is in federal court trying to force the city of Flint to accept a deal to get safe drinking water.  


Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder will create a commission this week that has the mission of tackling the problem of lead exposure.  A top administration official says the governor will also ask the Legislature to pass a law to make the commission permanent until the problem is solved.


Adam Zemke
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Since the Flint Water Crisis we have all, at some point, questioned the safety of our water.  That crisis is still being addressed and serves as a cautionary tale for what can happen around the rest of the state.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with 55th District State Representative Adam Zemke about the health of our water and what needs to be done.


Lead Test
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Every infant and toddler in Michigan should be tested for lead.  That’s one of the recommendations of a state task force looking for ways to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. 


Drinking Water
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The University of Michigan's Department of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health plans to test the drinking water on campus.  


President Obama in Flint
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President Obama flew from Washington to Flint Wednesday to meet with families affected by the city’s drinking water crisis, to check in on relief efforts, and to reassure residents that their problems are fixable, even if it’s not right away.


Jeff Irwin
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A Democrat on the legislative committee looking into the Flint water crisis says Governor Rick Snyder and former state-appointed emergency managers should be called in to testify.  


Flint Water
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The response to the water crisis in Flint is growing on a daily basis. In this month's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment, Lisa Wozniak talks with a scientist who is working at short and long term solutions from the center of the crisis.  Marty Kauffman is a Professor at the University of Michigan-Flint, specializing in water resources, urban groundwater contamination and sustainable systems. 


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Could it happen here? The City of Flint's water supply has caused elevated lead levels in children in that area. In this week's 'Issues of the Environment' David Fair talks with Washtenaw County Public Health's Medical Director, Alice Penrose, about the safety of the water in this area, and the dangers of lead from other sources.