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Toxic Town: Michigan’s Most Polluted Zip Code

Bill Kubota, One Detroit/Detroit Public Television for Great Lakes Now, June 19, 2017
Professor Paul Mohai of the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment looked at air quality data in a part of Southwest Detroit, called 48217 for its zip code – predominately African American and surrounded by heavy industry. He found 48217 to be most toxic zip code in Michigan. The upside n? 48217 is getting more attention in the neighborhood’s fight for environmental justice there.

Governor’s Report Card

By the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, May 2017
Use Michigan LCV’s “Governor’s Report Card” to find out how Gov. Snyder performed over the last two years on issues such as climate change, the Flint water crisis and protecting the Great Lakes.

Thirsty for Democracy: The Poisoning of an American City: Special Report on Flint’s Water Crisis

Democracy Now, Feb. 17, 2016
A special broadcast on the ongoing Flint water crisis.

Rebuilding Trust After Flint: What About the Water in Your City?

By Daniel Moss, YES! Magazine, Feb. 16, 2016
The injuries in Flint, Mich., will persist well beyond its scarred children. It may be some time before families feel reassured enough to drink from their tap. However, with enough investment and public oversight, water can be managed for the public good.

The Refugees of Flint’s Water Crisis

Michelle Chen, Truthout, Jan. 28, 2016
While undocumented immigrants are often wary of interaction with authorities, a new wave of political terror is converging with public health catastrophe in Flint, Mich., with President Obama’s latest deportation drive against Central American asylum seekers whose pleas for relief have been rejected.

Rejecting Snyder’s Claim, Experts Say Poisoning of Flint Blatant Racial Injustice

by Andrea Germanos & Deidre Fulton, Common Dreams, Jan. 22, 2016
Response to this situation, if it would have happened at all, would have been wholly different if it happened in wealthy, white suburb.

Gov. Rick Snyder’s Men Originally Rejected Using Flint’s Toxic River

By Curt Guyette, The Daily Beast, Jan. 24, 2016
An emergency manager said no to using the river in 2012 after speaking to environmental regulators. An ex-Flint official said the governor’s office reversed that decision.

Michigan’s Great Stink

By Paul Krugman, New York Times, Jan. 25, 2016
The poisoning of the water in Flint, Mich. and the irreversible harm to the city’s children, was no accident, economist Paul Krugman argues.

The Poisoning of Flint

by Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation, Jan. 19, 2016
“The biggest obstacles to desperately needed public investments are politicians like Snyder who conflate ‘accountability’ with austerity.”

Flint Doctor Mona Hanna-Attisha on How She Fought Gov’t Denials to Expose Poisoning of City’s Kids

Democracy Now, Jan. 15, 2016
Dr. Hanna-Attisha headed a September study that found the proportion of children under five in Flint with elevated lead levels in their blood nearly doubled following the water switch. State officials initially dismissed those findings, but Dr. Hanna-Attisha refused to accept their denials.

How Flint, Michigan, Saved Money and Poisoned Its Children: City Declares Water Emergency

Democracy Now, Dec. 17, 2015
An interview with investigative reporter Curt Guyette of the ACLU of Michigan and Flint resident Melissa Mays. She and her three children have been diagnosed with lead and copper poisoning. She is the founder of Water You Fighting For?, a Flint, Mich.-based research and advocacy organization founded around the city’s water crisis.

The Breast Cancer Fund

The Breast Cancer Fund works to connect the dots between breast cancer and exposures to chemicals and radiation in our everyday environments.

Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice

DWEJ is a coalition of community leaders, academia, environmentalists and others committed helping Detroiters create an empowered community with the capacity to address environmental concerns and to participate in decision-making activities.

Environmental Defense

Guided by scientific evaluation of environmental problems, Environmental Defense is dedicated to protecting the rights to clean air, clean water, healthy food and flourishing ecosystems.


GreenFacts is an independent, multi-stakeholder nonprofit organization based in Brussels. Its mission is to provide non-specialists with unbiased scientific information on environment and health matters. Summaries of authoritative scientific consensus documents on environment and health issues are peer-reviewed and published under the authority of a Scientific Board of independent experts.

Michigan Environmental Council

Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) provides a collective voice for the environment at the local, state and federal levels. MEC promotes alternatives to urban blight and suburban sprawl; advocates for a sustainable environment and economy; protects Michigan’s water legacy; promotes cleaner energy; and works to diminish environmental impacts on children’s health.

Michigan Network for Children’s Environmental Health

A coalition of health professionals, health-affected groups, environmental organizations and others dedicated to a safe and less toxic world for Michigan’s children.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

This large repository of materials covers the full range of environmental health subjects, from allergies to water pollution.

Physicians for Social Responsibility

The website includes fact sheets and other information on air pollution and health, chronic disease and the environment, climate change and health and an energy security initiative.

Science and Environmental Health Network

SEHN encourages the practice of science in the public interest and the accurate interpretation of scientific information; identifies information, ethical concepts and logic that have the potential to provoke essential change; and helps communities, organizations and governments develop and implement sound environmental policies.

Articles/Papers/Study Guides

Toxic Chemicals, Carcinogens Skyrocket Near Fracking Sites

By Alan Neuhauser, U.S. News and World Report, Oct. 30, 2014
Oil and gas wells across the country are spewing “dangerous” cancer-causing chemicals into the air, according to a new study that further corroborates reports of health problems around hydraulic fracturing sites.

“Dozens of Chemicals Found in Most Americans’ Bodies”

Maria Cone, Los Angeles Times, July 22, 2005
The complete report (The Third National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals) can be found at

“A New Way to Inherit Environmental Harm

Tim Montague, Rachel’s Environment and Health News, #819, June 9,  2005

“Out of Control and Close to Home: Mercury Pollution from Power Plants”

Michael Shore, Environmental Defense, 2003

“Global Chemical Contamination Threatens Child Development”

Vicki Wolf, Environmental News Network, Aug. 19, 2005


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