drinking water

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Great Lakes Echo Commentator Gary Wilson says there are federal investigations into the Flint water crisis, but he says not much is known beyond that. 

Moving Toxic Plume A Concern For Oshtemo Drinking Water

Mar 25, 2016
Anders Dahlberg

For about 30 years, the cancer-linked chemical 1,4 dioxane has been leaching into Kalamazoo County’s groundwater from the KL Avenue Landfill. It’s contaminated drinking water wells in Oshtemo Township and forced more than 300 people to switch to Kalamazoo city water.

Now state regulators are planning to tighten the limits on 1,4 dioxane in drinking water. That means even more homes will have to give up their wells as the toxic plume moves west. 

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Flint’s drinking water crisis has brought more attention to the issue of lead in drinking water. Mae Wu, an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council says a big national effort is needed to eliminate the risk. 

State Capitol - file photo
Kevin Lavery, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) A state House committee has OK’d an emergency spending measure to help Flint residents with a portion of their water bills. 


(MPRN-Lansing) The state House could take up another emergency spending bill this week to help address the Flint water crisis.