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Topic: Public Health

Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing succeeds in gaining additional state budget funds to save children from lead poisoning

Michigan Environmental Report
The state legislature passed a budget in June that included $500,000 more for lead abatement, raising the total for lead remediation in the 2015 budget to $1.75 million. The Safe Homes/Safe Kids: Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing (MIALSH) coalition brought people to the Capitol in advance of the budget hearings for a day of outreach to state policymakers. Coalition members also testified before both the House and Senate during the budget process.
View ArticleJul 1, 2014  •  Spring 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan Environmental Council applauds federal proposal to cut carbon pollution

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Michigan Environmental Council welcomes the Environmental Protection Agency's action today to curb carbon emissions from power plants, the country's largest source of greenhouse gases. The draft rule announced this morning would require a 30 percent reduction from 2005 levels in power-sector carbon emissions by 2030.
Read MoreJun 2, 2014

Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing holds May 7 Legislative Education Day

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The Safe Homes/Safe Kids: Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing (MIALSH) coalition—made up of health departments, lead contractors, small business owners, homeowners, landlords, and other service providers—will bring people to the Capitol on May 7 for a day of outreach to state policymakers on the impacts of lead poisoning and the need for consistent funding for prevention and abatement.
View ArticleApr 25, 2014

Mama Summit 2014 calls for action on climate change

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This May, moms, dads, grandparents, and kids from across the country will travel to their state capitols to show broad and united support for children's health. Together in a bipartisan setting, participants will demand action to protect the air our children breathe--both indoor and outdoor--and call for action on climate change.
View ArticleApr 11, 2014

Lead poisoning prevention advocates come to the Capitol; Rep. Olumba gets personal about his daughters’ lead exposure

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Advocates who helped secure $1.25 million for lead poisoning prevention funding in this year’s state budget blanketed the Capitol this month, showing lawmakers that the money is being effectively spent and advocating for continued funding in this year’s budget.
View ArticleFeb 28, 2014

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Wayne County – Detroit reduces housing-related health risks

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No one would choose to live in a home poisoned with lead. But unless you know what to look for, the risk can be invisible.
View ArticleDec 5, 2013

Built to Last: A blueprint for a more resilient Michigan

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Michigan has a rare opportunity for thoughtful reinvention. Choices we make now will ripple through our environment and economy for decades to come.
Download ReportSep 23, 2013

Success! State budget includes $1.25 million to help keep Michigan kids safe from lead dangers

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More than $1 million to help keep Michigan children safe from lead poisoning was included in a budget bill signed in June by Governor Rick Snyder. The allocation was a direct result of advocacy and education efforts by the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Housing (MIALSH). MEC is part of the coalition’s core leadership team.
View ArticleJun 20, 2013  •  Spring 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

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In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
View ArticleJun 20, 2013  •  Spring 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Success! State budget includes $1.25 million to keep Michigan kids safe from lead dangers

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More than 6,500 kids in Michigan have elevated lead levels, which lead to lost IQ, permanent damage to reproductive and endocrine systems, behavior and aggression problems and many others. This funding will help reduce the number of poisoned children.
Read MoreJun 20, 2013

Do I stay or do I go?

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Living in a Detroit neighborhood devastated by vacant lots and abandoned eyesores, my chief dilemma is the same one shared by my neighbors: Do I leave the city I love, or do I stay?
View ArticleMar 25, 2013  •  Winter 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Top Twelve Proposal 3 Questions

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Across the state, we've been giving presentations on the 25% by 2025 proposal, and fielding good questions. Here are the top 12 questions answered.
View ArticleOct 30, 2012

Take action on 25x25: Send a letter to your family & friends

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MEC Development Director Andy Draheim's recent letter to his friends and family encapsulated his reasons for supporting Proposal 3, the 25x25 renewable energy standard on Michigan's ballot. We provide it here as an educational and outreach tool to YOUR friends and family who are interested in cutting through the confusing fog of television advertising and overwrought hyperbole.
View ArticleOct 29, 2012

MEC: Michigan Legislature has opportunity to help eradicate childhood lead poisoning

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The Michigan Environmental Council today applauded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) decision to cut in half the reference value for lead in children’s blood. There is no safe level of lead, and the CDC action is a step in the right direction.
Read MoreMay 21, 2012

MEC applauds Consumers Energy's decisions on coal-fired power plants

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“The Michigan Environmental Council applauds Consumers Energy on its announcement to not move forward with a new coal-fired power plant, and its decision to retire seven smaller units around the state,” said James Clift, policy director of the Michigan Environmental Council. “These decisions are good news for public health in Michigan.”
Read MoreDec 2, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Public Health

Our Kids, Our Communities

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New campaign will make Michigan a healthy place for kids to grow and thrive.
Read MoreSep 14, 2011

President's Column: Lost amid tax cut fever

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Lowering the cost of doing business in Michigan to grow our state’s economy has been a huge priority in Lansing this year. That focus has been almost entirely centered on taxes, including a $1.7 billion business tax cut by 2013. There is an overlooked cost center with more money-saving potential than tax cuts and far greater benefits for Michigan businesses and residents: energy costs. The amount Michiganders pay for energy rivals that of taxes, yet it has not been in the current administration’s sight lines.
View ArticleSep 12, 2011  •  Summer 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC report: Michigan’s old coal plants costing residents $1.5 billion annually in health care

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A Michigan Environmental Council report that drew more than 120 legislators and policymakers to a State Capitol briefing in June shows the state’s oldest coal-fired electricity plants cost Michiganders $1.5 billion annually in health care expenses. “Public Health Impacts of Old Coal-Fired Power Plants in Michigan” examines pollution from small particulate matter – the main component in soot.
View ArticleJul 6, 2011  •  July 2011 Online - Michigan Environmental Report

Report: Michigan’s old coal plants costing residents $1.5 billion annually in health care

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The Michigan Environmental Council called on the State Legislature to provide greater oversight of Michigan utilities today following the release of a report showing that the state’s oldest coal-fired electricity plants cost Michiganders $1.5 billion annually in health care costs.
Read MoreJun 27, 2011

Public Health Impacts of Old Coal-Fired Power Plants in Michigan

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This report quantifies the economic burden and health toll that the state’s oldest coal-fired power plants create. It examines pollution from small particulate matter – the main component in smog. The report found that the state’s nine oldest coal plants cost a family of four an average of over $500 per year in expenses and damages associated with increased hospital admissions, premature deaths and treatments for asthma, respiratory ailments, and cardiovascular problems, among others. The study also estimated national impacts of Michigan’s old coal power plants, finding that they are responsible for $5.4 billion in health care costs – mostly in the Great Lakes region where much of the pollution falls out. Those plants began operation between 1949 and 1968 and are among the most polluting and least efficient in the state.
Download ReportJun 27, 2011

Toxic chemicals in kids’ toys would be disclosed under legislation being crafted at the State Capitol

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Michigan parents would have new tools to help keep their kids safe from toxic chemicals in toys under legislation expected soon in the State Senate. The bill would require large toy manufacturers and importers to disclose their use of hazardous chemicals in children's products.
View ArticleFeb 21, 2011  •  February 2011 Online - Michigan Environmental Report

GardenGreen coalition aims to reduce, eliminate use of dangerous lawn pesticides

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A new initiative by MEC member group LocalMotionGreen aims to reduce the use of toxic pesticides on lawns and gardens in Grosse Pointe and all of Southeast Michigan.
View ArticleDec 15, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan 50 Year Vision

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The Vision outlines goals – and intermediate steps – to get Michigan to a year 2060 where energy needs are met cleanly and affordably; thriving centers of commerce prosper in harmony with our Great Lakes and other natural assets; and people thrive in dynamic neighborhoods that have easy access to efficient transportation options, healthy local food and cultural amenities.
Download ReportDec 9, 2010

Path to cheaper, cleaner trash disposal in Detroit rife with political pitfalls

Michigan Environmental Report
Politics and constant transition in Detroit’s leadership this year has frustrated Detroiters working to establish cleaner, cheaper alternatives to the Detroit incinerator for disposal of the city’s garbage. But MEC Community Outreach Director Sandra Turner-Handy has been at the forefront of the effort, meeting with mayoral staffers and key allies in Detroit in an effort to keep the politics of confusion from undermining good policy decisions.
View ArticleAug 28, 2009  •  Summer 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report

City mulls options for cheaper, safer post-incinerator garbage disposal

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A blueprint for a cleaner, healthier, cheaper way of handling Detroit’s waste is being considered by Detroit Mayor Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. in the wake of the city’s decision to stop burning garbage at the expensive, polluting Detroit incinerator.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

Congress passes key standards on dangerous chemicals in children’s toys

Michigan Environmental Report
A Congressional Committee chaired by Michigan Congressman John Dingell finalized the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act to include provisions to set first-ever national standards on lead in toys and ban the plasticizer phthalates from children’s toys and childcare articles.
View ArticleAug 11, 2008  •  Summer 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Public Health, Chemical Policy

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

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In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
View ArticleMay 29, 2008  •  Spring 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

Drug giant drops lindane lawsuit against Ecology Center

Michigan Environmental Report
The Michigan Environmental Council supported member group Ecology Center in defending itself from a frivolous lawsuit filed by Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals. The company’s suit was designed, in MEC’s opinion, to thwart efforts by the Center and others, including MEC, from pursuing legislation to restrict the dangerous chemical’s use on children.
View ArticleMay 29, 2008  •  Spring 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

West Michigan Environmental Health Initiative earns federal honors, dollars

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The Greater Grand Rapids Children’s Environmental Health Initiative recently earned recognition from federal agencies as one of four national models of community collaboration projects.
View ArticleJan 1, 2008  •  Winter 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

Beware: Toxic dangers may lurk in holiday decorations

Michigan Environmental Report
Artificial Christmas trees are not the only holiday decoration containing lead—a potent neurotoxin that is especially dangerous to the developing brains and bodies of young children.
View ArticleOct 22, 2007  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report

Detroit refinery expansion: Will Marathon learn from BP?

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan’s only oil refinery wants to get bigger, potentially adding to air pollution in a southwest Detroit neighborhood that already is bordered by two expressways, a steel mill, a salt mine, and dozens of other heavy-duty industrial facilities.
View ArticleOct 22, 2007  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report

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