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Attacks on public health defeated—for now.

The coal lobby and their allies are trying to block the EPA from protecting public health, but we’ve held the line: In March 2011, the U.S. Senate rejected a bill that would have blocked standards for soot, mercury and carbon pollution. In April 2011, the Senate defeated four more bills to cut air pollution.

Report | Environment Michigan Research & Policy Center

Dirty Energy's Assault On Our Healty: Ozone Pollution

When power plants burn coal, oil or gas, they create the ingredients for ground-level ozone pollution, one of the main components of “smog” pollution. Especially on hot summer days, across wide areas of the United States, ozone pollution reaches levels that are unhealthy to breathe, putting our lives at risk. In 2009, U.S. power plants emitted more than 1.9 million tons of ozone-forming nitrogen oxide pollution into the air.

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Report | Environment Michigan Research & Policy Center

Danger in the Air

 

This report ranks cities in Michigan and across the country for the number of days when the air was unhealthy to breathe due to smog pollution last year and this summer, and includes new data showing that the problem is even worse than the public thought. The research shows that on six additional days last year, Detroit-area residents were exposed to smog levels that a national scientific panel has found to be dangerous to breathe. Yet, because of outdated federal air quality rules, those at risk were never alerted to unhealthy air levels.

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Report | Environment Michigan

10 Scary Facts about Michigan's Air

While ghastly and ghoulish Halloween costumes disappear after October 31st, the very real and very scary problems facing the Michigan’s air are not going anywhere. In honor of this scariest of holidays, Environment Michigan has compiled the ten most frightening facts about Michigan’s air – and what you can do to make future Halloweens far less terrifying.

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Report | Environment Michigan Research & Policy Center

Michigan's Biggest Mercury Polluters

Parents in Michigan shouldn't have to worry that their children's bodies are toxic dumping grounds. The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward to protect children's health from toxic mercury pollution, and we can't let big polluters stand in the way.

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