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800,000-Plus Risk Water Shutoffs in the Great Lakes State

Expert BlogMichiganCyndi Roper
An estimated 800,000 Michiganders throughout the state are known to be behind on their water bills and could face water shutoffs, according to new data compiled by NRDC in collaboration with the People's Water Board Coalition.

MI Governor Leads the Way with Water Reconnection Order

Expert BlogCyndi Roper
For weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sounded the alarm telling us that handwashing is the number one thing we can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But as thousands of Michiganders know, you can’t wash your…

Bipartisan Bills Aim to Get the Lead Out of School Water

Expert BlogUnited StatesCyndi Roper
On October 15th, Michigan became the first state in the U.S. to introduce with bipartisan support NRDC’s Filter First model legislation to protect kids from lead in schools and daycare facilities.

Michigan Proposes Strong, Yet Incomplete PFAS Protections

Expert BlogDr. Anna Reade, Cyndi Roper
Michigan is proposing some of the most health-protective standards in the nation for several PFAS, a group of chemicals of great environmental and health concern, yet could be missing out on the opportunity to protect its citizens in the long-term.

Michigan’s Lead in Drinking Water Protections Under Attack

Expert BlogCyndi Roper
Michigan's lead in drinking water protections are being challenged in court by water system leaders who have seen the horrors of poisoned water in Flint and who know of ongoing lead releases in systems throughout the state.

Polluters Getting Closer to Full MDEQ Takeover

Expert BlogCyndi Roper
Instead of an industry takeover of MDEQ and racing to the bottom in environmental protection, we should refocus our attention on resuming our place as national leaders in safe drinking water, clean air and water, and livable communities.

Will MI Lawmakers Put Industry in Charge of Environment?

Expert BlogCyndi Roper
As the community of Flint continues to rebuild and replace its lead service lines under a court ordered settlement, Governor Snyder recently announced the disappointing decision that Michigan will stop providing free bottled water to the residents. While not legally…

The Wait Begins: Will Snyder Get the Lead Out of Our Water?

Expert BlogCyndi Roper
We hope that we can stand with Michigan’s water utilities and local governments to educate the public about the threats to their drinking water from lead and other contaminants and how we’re unable to fully address those threats due to…

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