Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 2:08 PM EDT May 14, 2019 Washington — A key U.S. House panel plans a hearing Wednesday for 13 bills related to toxic PFAS contamination in drinking water and cookware. Among the bills is a bipartisan measure introduced by Michigan Reps. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, to designate PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances under the Superfund program within a year. They say the law would permit the Environmental Protection Agency to direct federal resources to clean up contaminated sites contaminated by the harmful fluorinated compounds. The bill also has bipartisan support in the Senate. At Wednesday's hearing, a water official from Ann Arbor is expected to urge lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change to force polluters to cover the costs of PFAS cleanup and to require more effective controls so the … [Read more...] about U.S. House panel to hold hearing on 13 PFAS bills
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Travel | 36 Hours in Melbourne Advertisement Supported by How to spend a weekend in this coffee-sipping, culture-loving, boundary-pushing city in southern Australia. ByJustin Bergman May 2, 2019 Pity Melbourne: After seven years of topping the Economist Intelligence Unit’s most livable city rankings, it was finally displaced last year by another coffee-loving city, Vienna. Despite being nudged down a notch to No. 2, Melburnians aren’t too worried. Though the city is currently grappling with issues related to being such a popular place to live — rapid growth, high property prices, congested roads — the city in the southeastern part of Australia continues to be the country’s capital for all things cultural. There are more festivals than can fit on a calendar; a thriving, … [Read more...] about 36 Hours in Melbourne
At a time when a single broken part can relegate even the most expensive home appliance — a clothes washer, refrigerator or lawnmower — to the dust bin, Ralph Bryan is fighting the good fight against such planned obsolescence. And he’s doing it with that oldest of old school strategies: the house call. Bryan is the self-proclaimed Lawnmower Doctor, driving his battered 1994 Chevy van to homes across the city to tune up and repair not only mowers, but other gas-powered tools such as chainsaws, generators, string trimmers and more. It’s almost a lost art, this fixing broken things as many times as possible, crafting parts on the fly, taking pride in a job well done. But it’s an art that Bryan feels called to, in part because of a series of medical emergencies he survived years ago, the memory of which still help guide his path. These include a near-death experience during which he believes he met and received directions from his maker. Now 64, Bryan began … [Read more...] about San Antonio repairman revived the lost art of the house call
By Chris Haire | [email protected] | Long Beach Press-TelegramPUBLISHED: March 12, 2019 at 5:56 pm | UPDATED: March 13, 2019 at 1:32 pm Matt Vecere a Long Beach resident and employee for a La Mirada air-filtration company was among the lives lost aboard the Ethiopia flight that crashed over the weekend. Vecere shared this image with his friends from Haiti while he was there to aid with water filtration systems. (Photo courtesy of Tiffany Allegretti) Matt Vecere a Long Beach resident and employee for a La Mirada air-filtration company was among the lives lost aboard the Ethiopia flight that crashed over the weekend. Vecere shared this image with his friends from Haiti while he was there to aid the locals. (Photo courtesy of Tiffany Allegretti) Tiffany Allegretti reads the last texts from her friend and coworker Matt Vecere who was among the lives lost aboard the Ethiopia flight that crashed over the weekend. Vecere’s coworkers at IQ Air remembered him fondly in La Mirada on … [Read more...] about Long Beach resident killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash was en route to help others
Maybe it’s the convenience of having it in the house, or perhaps you like to do things yourself. Whatever your reasons are, Massachusetts state laws allow you to take things into your own hands when it comes to marijuana — green thumb included. People over the age of 21 can grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes (with a maximum of 12 plants per household), so long as they are kept in a locked location and out of public view. If you’re thinking about growing your own marijuana, there’s plenty to know — where to get seeds, the equipment needed, and, of course, what to keep in mind when tending to your crop. “There is an up-front cost at first … and it takes time and effort,” Jon Napoli, owner of the Boston Gardner in Roxbury, told Boston.com. “If you want the reward at the end, you have to be patient and put in time every day.” Here’s a crash course in what growing your own marijuana entails: How do I get … [Read more...] about So you want to grow your own marijuana? Here’s what to know.