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PNS Daily Newscast - August 22, 2019 


The latest Trump child-detention policy sparks harsh criticism. Also, on the Thursday rundown: New York suing the EPA over Hudson River PCBs.

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Public News Service - MI: Water

Oil and gas wells that are tapped out can be re-purposed to store industrial waste. (Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A new online map helps people find out if any waste-injection wells are being permitted near them. The map pinpoints all the sites in Michigan where companies have applied to dump toxic waste from oil and gas exploration. Peggy Case, president of the group Michigan Citizen

Algal blooms, like this one in Monroe in 2011, are one example of water quality problems in the Great Lakes region. (NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory/Wikimedia Commons)

DETROIT – As the Democratic candidates gather in Detroit next week for the second round of debates, the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition is pressing them to make clean water a top priority. Some 30 million Americans depend on the Great Lakes for drinking water – and yet massive

The Poweshiek Skipperling butterfly is found in only six places in the world  and four of them are in Michigan. New legislation in Congress would help preserve remaining habitat. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

LANSING, Mich. — A new bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., would put almost $1.4 billion a year toward pulling at-risk animal and plant species back from the brink – with about $27 million of that for Michigan. The Recovering America's Wildlife Act would allow states a

Lake Van Etten is one of many bodies of water in Michigan plagued by PFAS foam. (MI DHHS)

LANSING, Mich. – That white, sticky foam that's fouled quite a few Michigan shorelines is more dangerous than previously believed, and state environmental officials are warning people not to touch it. Prior warnings about toxic PFAS foam advised against swallowing it, but new data shows high

Michigan does not currently set a standard for PFAS chemicals in drinking water, but the state is working on it. (Earl53/Morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Clean water groups are cheering Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's move toward a health-based drinking water standard for toxic chemicals known as PFAS. She ordered the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team to do a new review of the science around exposure to the chemicals, and instructed

In recent years, Michiganders have gathered in the capital to advocate for clean drinking water on World Water Day. (Valerie Jean)

DETROIT – Michiganders plan to come out and show their support for the right to clean drinking water. Friday marks the 26th annual World Water Day, highlighting the importance of clean drinking water across the globe. Shannon Abbott, president of Grand Rapids Water Protectors and vice pres

Bullkill Marsh is about 200 yards from the proposed potash facility near Hersey in Evart Township, Osceola County. (Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation)

Updated 5:35 pm EST to include response from Michigan Potash Company CEO Ted Pagano. HERSEY, Mich. – The fight continues over a potash-mining facility that broke ground in the fall near the Osceola County town of Hersey. Recently, Michigan Potash Co. sent letters to several landowners, unil

Detroit was recently ranked ninth nationally for high numbers of water shutoffs. (Bryan Debus/Flickr)

DETROIT – New research is intensifying calls to stop water shutoffs in Detroit, and for the city to adopt a sensible water affordability plan. A 100-page report released by faith leaders and academics suggests the aging water and sewer infrastructure, increasing bills, shutoffs and service i

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