Friday, January 22nd, 2016.
US EPA takes over testinghttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/01/21/michigan-a...http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2016/0...http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2016/01/epa_orders_state_actio...http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/01/epa_regional_head_resigns_am...http://www.aclumich.org/article/revised-epa-memo-raises-troubling-questi...http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2016/01/epa_official_says_he_w...
The US Environmental Protection Agency is assuming control of water testing in Flint.
Gary Ridley on Mlive.com reports that the agency issued an order to the state to hand over all documentation about the Flint water situation.
The EPA has also ordered the State to create a website, for public view, to post all documents from the ongoing Flint water investigation.
Governor Snyder's Press Secretary Dave Murray says that The state of Michigan stands ready to work with the U.S. EPA and all agencies to fix the water crisis in Flint, reiterating what the governor said in his state of the state address in that the government failed the people of Flint, and that making the city whole again must take top priority.
According to Ron Fonger of the Flint Journal, an internal memo by EPA water specialist Miguel Del Toral voiced a concern about the water situation last June specifically noting that water officials in Flint were not using corrosion control. However, when the final report was made by the Regional EPA, the details regarding a lack of corrosion control were left out.
In connection to the alleged lack of concern from her office, regional EPA administrator Susan Hedman, based in Chicago, has resigned amid rising outrage over the handling of the water crisis.
3 more schools have lead problemshttp://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2016/01/not_just_flint_3_oth...
Three more schools have tested positive for elevated lead levels in Michigan.
Emily Lawler on Mlive.com reports that while Flint is deservedly getting the majority of the attention regarding lead in the water, the Michigan Department of environmental quality are monitoring eight locations including three schools.
The schools in question: Dimondale Elementary School in Eaton County's Dimondale; Ogemaw Heights High School in Ogemaw County's West Branch; and Faith Community Christian School in Ionia County's Belding.
Officials at all three schools have taken immediate action by replacing fixtures, the pipes leading to the water fixtures and installing filters.
School officials also made it clear that students are safe, and have disabled drinking fountains in favor of office style water coolers.
Flint appoints Kate Fieldshttp://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2016/01/flint_city_council_app...
The Flint City Council has appointed Kate Fields to the seat of the fourth ward.
Amanda Emery of the Flint Journal reports that Fields replaces Josh Freeman, who cited family concerns in resigning his seat with two years remaining in his term.
To keep her seat, Fields will have to run for the office she has been appointed to in the coming November elections.
According to Fields, she is thankful for the nomination and she will do the best that she can for her constituents and the city of Flint.
Britax child seats recalledhttp://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/CPSC-NHTSA-and-Britax-Announce-Recal...
And finally, Car seat manufacturer Britax has issued a recall for two of their rear-facing infant carriers.
According to a recall on the Consumer Product Safety Commision website, Britax models B-Safe 35, and B-Safe 35 Elite manufactured between October 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015 have reported issues of the handle breaking, allowing the car seat to fall.
Again that's the Britax B-Safe 35 and Britax B-Safe 35 Elite manufactured between October 2014, and July 2015.
All customers who have registered their seats with Britax should automatically receive a free repair kit, however for customers who are unsure, Britax recommends that they visit their website to verify what seats are being recalled.