Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental groups are criticizing the Trump administration’s plan for dealing with highly toxic chemicals in drinking water, saying it’s too little and too slow. The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday in Philadelphia announced its “action plan” for dealing with PFAS in drinking water. Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter says it’s a “non-action plan designed to delay effective regulation” of the chemicals, which are found in nonstick pans and other household items.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Rep. John Dingell was remembered Thursday as “one of the greats” and a “world-class doer” as lawmakers, longtime colleagues and a former president hailed his record-breaking service in the House. Dingell, who died last week at 92, served 59 years in Congress, longer than anyone else in U.S. history.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Senate has rejected Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order to restructure the state environmental department _ the first time lawmakers have outright blocked a governor’s move in more than 40 years. The chamber voted 22-16 Thursday, more than a week after the GOP-controlled House voted.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is criticizing a Detroit TV station’s decision to broadcast a segment and publish an online story that features people’s unflattering and sexually tinged comments on social media about her appearance during the State of the State speech. Whitmer tweeted Thursday that the story “was way out of line,” before adding: “I’m tough, I can take it.” Fox 2 (WJBK-TV) aired the story Wednesday night about reaction to Whitmer’s blue dress.