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1st Friday Focus On The Environment: Michigan Concerns And Priorities In 2018

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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. 

Topics covered in this interview:

  • Michigan leaders on both sides of the aisle face a monumental challenge regarding clean safe drinking water.

  • A ½ million people have lead service lines in Michigan that need to be replaced.

  • There is severe groundwater contamination in 28 places across the state and all 83 of Michigan's counties are facing water and infrastructure issues.

  • 45% of Michiganders get their drinking water from wells…

  • New lead and copper rule is in place. It will be expensive and covering costs will likely fall to local units of government.

  • How Governor Rick Snyder will approach environmental policy in his lame-duck year while candidates campaign for the 2018 mid-term elections.

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu

Nearly three-quarters of David Fair’s 20+ years in radio has been at WEMU. Since 1994, he has been on the air at 5am each weekday on 89.1 FM as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Over the years, Fair has had the opportunity to interview nationally and internationally known politicians, activists and celebrities. But he feels the most important features and interviews have been with those who live and work here at home. He believes his professional passions and desires fit perfectly into WEMU’s commitment to serving a local audience.
Lisa Wozniak is Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.
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