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Flint to stay on Detroit water for another year
Lansing State Journal (9/27)
Thanks to a loan from the Michigan Strategic Fund, Flint, Michigan, will stick with the Great Lakes Water Authority for another year, giving it time to construct a pipeline and allow for testing of water Flint will treat from its new source.

Barrett urges use of water filters to remove lead
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (9/7)
Owners and residents of tens of thousands of Milwaukee, Wis., homes built before 1951 should install faucet filters capable of removing lead from drinking water, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Wednesday.

EPA worried after Flint runs out of chlorine to treat the city water
MLive (7/25)
EPA officials issued a letter saying they are worried about the neglect of Flint, Mich., to stock enough chlorine tablets to treat the city's water.

Flint water criminal cases get 2017 court dates
The Detroit News (9/7)
Several current and former state employees facing criminal charges for their alleged roles in the Flint water crisis will not face preliminary examinations until 2017.

Group sues federal regulator over Mackinac Straits pipeline
Lansing State Journal (5/16)
The National Wildlife Federation is suing the federal agency responsible for overseeing oil pipeline safety, asserting the agency illegally authorized the transport of oil through the Line 5 pipeline.

Trio's 'ultrarun' around Lake Superior looks to aid microplastics research
Wisconsin Public Radio (5/4)
Three friends are planning an "ultrarun" around Lake Superior to collect people’s stories and water samples for microplastics research.

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General Resources
A Citizen's Guide to Using Environmental Laws to Secure Environmental Justice
Environmental Law Institute
This handbook highlights sections of environmental laws that can be used to support and help advance an individual's or organization's environmental justice goals.

Environmental Defense
A not-for-profit environmental advocacy group with four main goals: (1) Stabilizing the Earth's climate, (2) Safeguarding the world's oceans, (3) Protecting human health, and (4) Defending and restoring biodiversity.

Environmental Justice
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

Environmental Justice Database
Michigan State University Extension
Bibliographic entries on issues related to environmental justice.

Grand Calumet Task Force
A community environmental organization which works to improve the land, air and water quality of the Grand Calumet River and the urban ecosystem that surrounds it, and to achieve environmental justice for the people of Northwest Indiana.

Midwest Environmental Advocates
MEA is a legal and technical resource center for community groups across Wisconsin, Minnesota and Upper Michigan who are working for environmental justice. Founded in 2000, one of MEA's first campaigns is to provide legal support for a multicultural coalition of communities who are impacted by high levels of toxins in the waters and fish of the western Great Lakes.

Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC)
The NRDC's purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends.

Office of Environmental Justice
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 5,
Air and Radiation Division

Created in 1992 to coordinate the agency's efforts in environmental justice.

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GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Environment
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