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Can a homeowner association shift repair costs to owners? 14.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Question: A water line broke in front of our condo unit. Part of the line led directly to our neighbor's unit. The board told her to pay for the repair. But she blamed it on common property trees, so the homeowner association paid for it. Then a gas line leaked that led directly to another neighbor's...

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It’s Not Just Flint. There’s an Ugly History of Lead Poisoning and the Poor in the US. 13.2.2016 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. "I know if I was a parent up there, I would be beside myself if my kids’ health could be at risk," said President Obama on a recent trip to Michigan. "Up there" was Flint, a rusting industrial city in the grip of a "water crisis" brought on by a government austerity scheme.  To save a couple of million dollars, that city switched its source of water from Lake Huron to the Flint River, a long-time industrial dumping ground for the toxic industries that had once made their home along its banks.  Now, the city is enveloped in a public health emergency, with elevated levels of lead in its water supply and in the blood of its children. The price tag for replacing the lead pipes that contaminated its drinking water, thanks to the corrosive toxins found in the Flint River, is now estimated at up to $1.5 billion. No one knows where that money will come from or when it will arrive.  In the meantime, the cost to the children of Flint has been and will be ...
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Tips for the cold: Avoiding frostbite, fires, frozen pipes and more 13.2.2016 Philly.com News
Flint's Water Crisis: A Public Health Disaster That Never Had to Happen 12.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
At a Congressional hearing on the Flint water crisis held last week , multiple lawmakers concluded that the disaster was a failure at every level of government. While many public officials testified at the Washington hearing Michigan Governor Rick Snyder did not attend to explain his part in the disaster. Snyder has been blamed for triggering the water crisis with an April 2014 cost-cutting decision to switch to Flint River water. Lawmakers learned the river water was not treated to reduce its corrosiveness and that error allowed lead to contaminate the public water supply. By all accounts, there were many other failures - warning signs that were ignored at the federal, state and local levels. For example, public officials dismissed residents who complained of foul water right after the switch and they failed to take action even as local hospitals and industries stopped using the public water because the untreated corrosive water had started to erode their equipment. In spring 2015, an official with the ...
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Lead levels have declined in Boston-area water, but these communities are still affected 11.2.2016 Boston Globe: Latest
Lead levels have declined in Boston-area water, but these communities are still affected
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Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint, infrastructure 11.2.2016 Durango Herald
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint’s water crisis from lead contamination and to update pipes there and across the state – a plan that lawmakers from both parties generally welcomed as moving in the right direction with the proper...
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Dredging delay again unsettles Cooper River rowing 11.2.2016 Philly.com News
A bitter wind was snapping flags and rippling the Cooper River on Wednesday as Jamie Stack strode the snow-clad riverbank toward a chain-link fence.
Hero Pediatrician To Congress: Government 'Betrayal' Has Traumatized Flint 11.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the  pediatrician who helped blow the whistle last year on the toxic water in Flint, Michigan, told members of Congress on Wednesday that the crisis has put fear in the eyes of the city's parents. “We have an entire population potentially exposed to one of the most well known neurotoxins to man. We have a population traumatized,” Hanna-Attisha said. “I was in clinic yesterday and I see a mom, and you see that fear, that trauma in that mom’s eyes," she added. "And that’s trauma for two reasons: it is because of two years of governmental betrayal. You expect to turn on your tap and you expect that water to be safe. And it’s also the fear of the unknown. What is going to happen to my child? What is going to happen because of the lead exposure?” The water quality in Flint deteriorated after state officials failed to properly treat the city’s water supply in 2014, causing corrosion of the city’s lead pipes -- upping the number of children with raised blood-lead levels. ...
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Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint water crisis, infrastructure 11.2.2016 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint's water crisis and to update infrastructure, including lead water pipes, in the city and across the state. The $195 million for Flint and $165 million for statewide infrastructure needs ...
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House backs bill to require EPA notification in lead cases 11.2.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday approved legislation to clarify the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to notify the public about danger from lead in their drinking water — the first action by Congress to respond to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The bill, approved 416-2, would direct the EPA to notify residents and […]
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House backs bill to require EPA notification in lead cases 11.2.2016 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday approved legislation to clarify the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to notify the public about danger from lead in their drinking water — the first action by Congress to respond to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
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Water expert rejects explanation on Flint corrosion control 10.2.2016 Yahoo: US National
A water expert who first raised concerns about lead in Flint's drinking water dismissed as "contrived" a city official's suggestion in an email that anti-corrosive phosphates weren't added to the Flint River because of worries that the chemicals would promote bacterial growth.
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Latest: State boosting level of testing, services in Flint 10.2.2016 Yahoo: Politics
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times ...
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Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint, infrastructure 10.2.2016 AP National
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint's water crisis and to update infrastructure, including lead water pipes, in the city and across the state....
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Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint, infrastructure 10.2.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint’s water crisis and to update infrastructure, including lead water pipes, in the city and across the state. The $195 million for Flint and $165 million for statewide infrastructure needs were detailed in the Republican governor’s […]
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No More Flints 10.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The dangerous water consumed by residents of Flint, MI is the canary in the coal mine of our nation's crumbling infrastructure. Poisoned water endangers the health or millions of Americans, especially children, and jeopardizes state and national economic vibrancy. This is bigger than just Flint, and many other cities particularly in the Midwest and Northeast have contaminated water systems. A recent study showed that lead levels in numerous Pennsylvania cities exceeded those measured in Flint's water. Now is the time to act on a national plan to renovate infrastructure. Roads, bridges, sewage systems, water pipes, airports, all critical arteries for our nation's economy and public health are in dire need of renovation. A massive investment in infrastructure renovation in this country will put people back to work, boost the economy in the short and long term and prevent future tragedies like the one in Flint from happening again. Much of American infrastructure is decrepit, old, decaying or all three. But ...
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Flint issues boil-water advisory 10.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
The folks in Flint, Michigan, just can't seem to get a break.
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Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint, infrastructure 10.2.2016 Terrorism
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is set to propose spending hundreds of millions more to address Flint's water crisis and to update infrastructure, including lead water pipes, in the city and across the ...
Email: Bacteria worries influenced Flint corrosion decision 10.2.2016 Yahoo: US National
Worries over bacteria led to the fateful decision not to apply anti-corrosive chemicals when Flint, Michigan, began drawing water from the Flint River, an email written by the city's former public works director says.
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Flint mayor: $55M needed for pipes 10.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
The mayor of Flint, Michigan, said Tuesday she needs $55 million to remove lead pipes in the city beleaguered by a toxic water crisis. She is asking that Gov. Rick Snyder partner with her to get the funds.
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