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The Detroit Public Schools says elevated levels of lead or copper have been found in water fixtures at 57 of 86 schools tested so far.

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Some 50,000 Detroit public school students will start the school year Tuesday by drinking water from coolers, not fountains, after the discovery of elevated levels of lead or copper — the latest setback in a state already dealing with the consequences of contaminated tap water in Flint and other communities.

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The nation's largest home-demolition program, which has torn down more than 14,000 vacant houses across Detroit, may have inadvertently created a new problem by spreading lead-contaminated dust through some of the city's many hollowed-out neighborhoods.

A school district in Michigan's Upper Peninsula says tests found elevated levels of lead in water at some of its buildings.

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Michigan on Thursday began enforcing the nation's strictest rules for lead in drinking water, a plan that eventually will result in replacing all 500,000 lead service pipes statewide in the wake of the contamination of Flint's supply.

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A state agency is inspecting blight-removal projects to ensure workers are protected from exposure to asbestos, lead and other hazards.

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Flint officials say there are more damaged lead and galvanized water service lines buried than previously estimated as pipe replacement continues in the wake of the city's drinking water crisis.

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is nearing completion of the country's strictest drinking water rules for lead, a plan that would eventually result in the replacement of all 500,000 lead service pipes in Michigan despite opposition from municipalities and utilities.

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People from Flint interrupted a state legislative session Wednesday to demand clean drinking water.


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Nearly $4 million in grants to expand lead hazard control services to homes where someone is enrolled in Medicaid has been awarded to two Michigan communities and an agency that serves several counties.

A footwear manufacturer that's working to clean up dump sites in western Michigan says it doesn't believe the contamination is responsible for reports of elevated lead levels in water.

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Civic leaders and health officials in Flint are building a database to track and treat victims of lead-contaminated water.  The whistleblower physician who first spotted the problem in Flint children hopes it will be a vital public health tool.


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Professor Marc Edwards has become renowned as the leader of the Flint Water Team, the nearly 40 member group of civil engineering students and staff from Virginia Tech University.

Critics: MI lead remediation underfunded

Jun 13, 2016
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We hear from two critics of the state’s efforts to remediate dangerous lead levels in homes. They say Michigan should roughly quadruple spending on a remediation program in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.


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Flint’s lead tainted water is a source of ongoing concern.  But recent work by a Michigan State University researcher shows we can’t overlook the city’s soil as a source of lead, either.

Current State’s Mark Bashore talks with professor Rick Sadler of MSU’s College of Human Medicine about his findings.

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