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Mosquito
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So far in 2019, the weather has particularly warm and damp, which has led to a serious increase in the mosquito and tick population.  Therefore, the risk for diseases these insects carry has increased, as well.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Washtenaw County Health Department environmental health director Kristen Schweighoefer about a new initiative to fight these illnesses.


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A recent report says improvements are needed to the state’s system that protects children from abuse and neglect. 


Do Not Eat Fish
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The Spring recreation season is upon us and one of the most popular destinations is the Huron River.  But, you'll see an increasing number of signs along the waterway warning you not to eat the fish.  That's because of PFAS contamination.  In WEMU's 'Issues of the Environment,' get the latest on the health of the river, and how it affects you for the spring and summer ahead from Huron River Watershed Council executive director, Laura Rubin.   


Detectable levels of PFAS and PFOS chemicals are in the Ann Arbor municipal drinking water.  Progress was made in 2018, and more is expected in the new year.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair discusses next steps with Brian Steglitz, manager of the City of Ann Arbor's Water Treatment Services unit.


Wildfire
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The recent wildfires in California captured the world's attention, including those researching climate change.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to one such researcher. Dr. Jonathon Overpeck is the Samuel A. Graham Dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. They discuss the connection between wildfires and climate change and why there is increased risk in Michigan. 


Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
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The governor wants to make sure state departments and local agencies can respond to areas contaminated with PFAS chemicals as quickly as possible.  The industrial chemicals have been found in more than 30 locations across the state.  Governor Rick Snyder has issued a directive calling on state departments and agencies to create a readiness and response plan.


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A package of bills in the state House would classify 17 year-olds as juveniles, rather than automatically treating them as adults.


Water
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Michigan’s Democratic lawmakers are demanding the state Legislature take action on contaminated groundwater found across the state.  The Legislature is back from its summer break this week with its first day of voting today.


  

The impacts of exposure to lead are costly to both public health and Michigan's bottom line.  While the Flint Water Crisis brought greater awareness of lead exposure hazards, lead-based paints continue to damage children throughout the state.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Rebecca Meuninck, Deputy Director of the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, to discuss new EPA standards for the amount of lead permitted in household paint, dust, and soil.  


Vaccine
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Michigan continues its fight against a deadly Hepatitis A outbreak.  Nearly 800 people have gotten the disease since August of 2016.  Now the state is giving half a million dollars to areas that have not had an outbreak of hepatitis A – yet.


Rebekah Warren
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Last month, the Michigan Senate passed legislation that would lead to more oversight for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  The devil ,as they say, is in the details. IS it actually going to strengthen environmental protections?  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan State Senator Rebekah Warren about her thoughts on the bills that are now before the State House of Representatives. 


Vaccine
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The state is taking a synchronized approach to fighting the hepatitis A outbreak.  It’s activated two emergency centers. 


Money
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State spending plans are moving swiftly through the legislature.  A number were voted on last week, many of them with deep cuts from what the governor asked for.  


Children
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An advocacy group for kids says a court-ordered report shows Michigan has a long way to go before it can guarantee the safety and welfare of children in foster care. 


Michigan House of Representatives
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State lawmakers say they will look into reports the Michigan agency that handles child abuse and neglect cases fudged its numbers to make it appear it was complying with a court order. 


Doctor
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State officials and health care providers called on Washington lawmakers to keep the state’s Medicaid expansion Monday.


Ticks
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Did you know the summer of 2016 was the first in which Lyme disease is thought to have originated in Washtenaw County?  It was.  Now, 2017 is predicted to be a particularly bad year for ticks.  In this week’s edition of WEMU’s "Issues of the Environment," David Fair explores why that is and what you can do about it with a medical entomologist from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.


Michigan Senate
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A portion of the state Senate budget is getting pushback from the Michigan Crime Victims Services Commission


E-Cig Regulations Back On The Table In Lansing

May 15, 2017

A battle is brewing in Lansing between some lawmakers and Governor Rick Snyder’s office.  


Joan Larsen
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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen has been chosen by President Trump to serve on the Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals.  Trump once put Larsen on his list of judges and lawyers he would consider naming to the US Supreme Court. 


Smoking By Expectant Mothers Sees A Spike

Nov 18, 2016
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More Michigan mothers are smoking while pregnant.  A new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy shows between 2008 and 2014 the rate of expectant mothers smoking increased by 18% in Michigan.


Governor Rick Snyder is boosting the position of Michigan chief medical executive to his official inner circle.  The governor says he wants to streamline how critical public health information reaches him.  That was one of the problems identified by a task force that looked into how the Flint water crisis occurred.


Mosquito
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Summer brings hordes of mosquitos and several diseases along with them, including the Zika virus.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Emily Toth Martin, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, about ways to protect ourselves from Zika, West Nile virus, and more. 


Vaccine
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A legal challenge has been filed against a state rule that requires counseling for parents who have a religious objection to vaccinating their children.  


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Preliminary data shows Washtenaw County is below the statewide average for children who tested positive for elevated blood lead levels.

Capitol Hill
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Michigan health and environmental department chiefs went before Congress yesterday to explain the state’s response to the Flint water crisis to members of Congress.  


University of Michigan Health Service

Several hundred students sought treatment at the University of Michigan this week for what has now been confirmed as the norovirus by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

U of M's chief health officer Dr. Robert Winfield told WEMU'S Lisa Barry that at least 200 students have reported symptoms and suspects the number of infected students to be much higher.


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


Prisons
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Legislation to keep many 17-year-olds from going to adult prisons cleared a state House panel on Tuesday.


Children's Rights
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An overhaul of Michigan’s child foster care system is showing results, and the state is moving closer to ending a federal judge’s oversight.   

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