3M sues Michigan, hackers infiltrate Pennsylvania’s water systems, millions invested in Illinois and Ohio – Great Lakes Now


From lead pipes to PFAS, drinking water contamination is a major problem plaguing towns and villages all around the Great Lakes. Cleaning up contaminants and providing safe water to all is an ongoing struggle for public health.

Keep up to date with developments related to drinking water in the Great Lakes region.

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Illinois:

Illinois American Water is investing more than $ 2.7 million to modernize the Pontiac area water system. The work includes the overhaul of six filters at the water treatment plant and the replacement of approximately 3,300 feet of water pipe. These investments support reliable service to homes, businesses and fire protection.

Indiana:

A new water filtration system improves water quality for residents of a community in southern Indiana.

The mayor of Charlestown and other city leaders celebrated the filtration system on Tuesday with a groundbreaking ceremony. Brown tap water has been a problem for decades in the community, and officials blamed the aging infrastructure and lack of maintenance.

The new temporary mobile water filtration unit removes iron and manganese from groundwater until a permanent treatment facility can be built.

Michigan:

Minnesota chemical manufacturing giant 3M sued Michigan State, saying new state drinking water limits for toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS are imperfect because they were created by a “rushed and invalid regulatory process”.

The lawsuit, filed in the State Claims Court on April 21, seeks to strike down the state’s drinking water limits and groundwater cleaning criteria for seven different per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, which entered into force last summer.

It’s been a year since the Edenville and Sanford dams failed in mid-Michigan, but there is still work to be done.

The Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy contributes to recovery efforts and planning for the future of affected communities.

May 19 marks a year since dams burst in a torrential rain, displacing thousands of residents, damaging businesses and livelihoods, and destroying property and natural resources.

Ohio:

Have you ever wondered why Lake Erie is sometimes green? And what is being done to prevent the threat to the drinking water supply, which was acutely felt during the 2014 water crisis?

Algae blooms in Ohio’s lakes, rivers and streams can cause both discoloration and contamination of our drinking water supply and a response to the crisis emerged in 2019 with Governor Mike DeWine. H2Ohio plan.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program has awarded $ 8 million to the Ohio Department of Agriculture for conservation from the western basin of Lake Erie.

RCPP is also providing $ 7.8 million to the Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Collaboration – a partnership between Ohio, Michigan and Indiana – to help participating farmers improve soil health. and reduce the impacts of nutrient loading in the WLEB. The partnership will use sophisticated targeting tools to work with producers and landowners operating near the Maumee headwaters, an area identified as a source of high levels of excess phosphorus, with opportunities for technical and financial assistance. Brown helped establish RCPP in the 2014 Farm Bill.

Pennsylvania:

Action News Investigates has learned that the FBI is investigating attempts to hack two public water systems in Pennsylvania.

This is after hackers successfully penetrated a water system in Florida earlier this year.

Lead was detected in 80% of water systems in Allegheny County, Pa., Which includes Pittsburgh, in 2019, according to a new two-year analysis.

While the federal limit for lead in drinking water is 15 parts per billion (ppb), experts – including those from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and The United States Environmental Protection Agency – have long warned that there is no safe level of lead in drinking water.

Wisconsin:

A massive and ongoing green cleanup effort in Milwaukee is gearing up for its next steps.

Federal, state, county, and city government agencies, as well as nonprofits and private businesses, work together to clean up the water, sediment, and habitat around Milwaukee. While the group plans to build a facility to transport the contaminated materials, the entire project is still several years away from completion.


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