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Lead flakes in Flint water like a game of Russian roulette

Since January, more than 90 percent of water tests have come back below the federal action level for lead of 15 parts per billion. But there are still some insanely high lead levels in some homes. Take a look at a map of where those are, and you'll see there's no pattern.

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Federal Agency Sends Public Health Strike Team to Flint

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced yesterday afternoon they've sent a "public health strike team" to Flint.

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An Industrial Chemical Finds its Way into Great Lakes Trout

An industrial chemical is showing up in trout from the Great Lakes. It's called perfluoro-1-butane sulfonamide, or FBSA. Researchers traced this chemical back to several products on the market. Those include detergents and surfactants first used in 2003. Surfactants are materials made to stainproof and waterproof products.

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Don't Believe the Rumors: Flint Does Have a Recycling Program for All Those Water Bottles

We'll hear how to get involved with recycling with all those empty water bottles in the city of Flint.

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Why Didn't the State of Michigan Heed the Warnings in Flint?

In his State of the State address this week, Governor Rick Snyder apologized to people in Flint for the water crisis. He placed blame on the people who work for him.

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Researchers Investigating How Lead Exposure Could Affect DNA

A recent study out of Wayne State University suggests lead exposure can cause changes in DNA that might affect several generations.

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Who Will Pay for Michigan's orphaned, contaminated sites?

Michigan has more than 280 contaminated sites that are "orphans." That means the company that made the mess no longer exists and the state has to deal with it. But Michigan is running out of money to tackle these environmental problems.

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Automakers Still Pushing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars

Elon Musk says hydrogen fuel cells are "extremely silly," but other automakers are still pushing for them. We'll hear why.

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Groups Sue Federal Government Over Monarch Butterfly

This week, two environmental groups put the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service on notice. They're planning to sue the agency. They say it's dragging its feet on protecting the monarch butterfly.

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Catching Air Pollution

We know that burning coal produces greenhouse gases that cause global warming. But burning coal is a big source of other types of air pollution that can cause disease and even death. Around the country, dozens of coal-burning power plants are racing to comply with new EPA rules to keep mercury out of the air. In Michigan, Consumers Energy and DTE Energy are both spending roughly $2 billion dollars to comply with new air rules. Reid Frazier got an inside look at a plant in Pennsylvania that's making big changes of its own.

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