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Showtime: Join Great Lakes Now at the Thunder Bay International Film Festival
- by Sandra Svoboda

“The Forever Chemicals” and “Wrecks Within Reach” were chosen for the Alpena event.

Wisconsin lawmakers poised to adopt restrictions on firefighting foam
- by The Associated Press

Both the Senate and Assembly are scheduled to vote on the Republican-authored proposal Tuesday. The GOP controls both houses, making passage all but certain. The bill would go next to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who can sign it into law or veto it.

Indiana mulls law aiming to limit Lake Michigan beach access
- by The Associated Press

The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Doug Miller, would give up the state’s ownership of large swaths of Indiana’s lake shoreline to adjacent private property owners if the property description in their deeds indicates the land extends to Lake Michigan.

Efficient or Cutting Corners: Trump administration challenges significant environmental law
- by Gary Wilson

The effort to modernize the landmark law has been seen by some as an attempt to bypass climate change considerations. In the Great Lakes region, the changes could have impact on the Line 5 tunnel project and other large lake projects like new locks or dam removals.

Hearing puts Minnesota agency under scrutiny over PolyMet mine permit
- by The Associated Press

Ramsey County Chief Judge John Guthmann is opening a fact-finding hearing into allegations that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency improperly tried to suppress serious concerns by the federal Environmental Protection Agency about the PolyMet mine’s risks to clean water.

Chemical Hitchhikers: Great Lakes microplastics may increase risk of PFAS contaminants in food web
- by Sharon Oosthoek

A University of Illinois analytical chemist found that the chemicals used in non-stick products can stick to microplastic particles in lake water.

State, nonprofit grants to boost Detroit recycling efforts
- by The Associated Press

Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy will give the city more than $458,000. Another $325,000 is coming from The Recycling Partnership to increase participation in curbside and multifamily recycling programs.

Cleanup of Detroit “green goo” contaminated site expected to cost millions
- by The Associated Press

According to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, efforts to contain the leak at the Electro-Plating Services Inc. site in Madison Heights has cost at least $200,000 over 24 days.

PFAS News Roundup: Public input in Michigan, bans on firefighting foam, legislation won’t pass Senate
- by Ric Mixter

Catch the latest updates on what’s happening with PFAS – a group of man-made chemicals flagged as a major contaminant in sources of water across the country – in the Great Lakes region and on a national level in Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Minnesota court rejects major permits for PolyMet mine
- by The Associated Press

Environmentalists celebrated the decision, while PolyMet said it would consider taking the case to the Minnesota Supreme Court and the DNR said it was considering its options.

Michigan seeks extensive records about Line 5 from Enbridge
- by The Associated Press

In a letter to Enbridge, the state Department of Natural Resources requested documents dating back to 1953, when two 20-inch pipelines were placed across the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac.

The U.S. House just voted to regulate PFAS. Here’s what you need to know
- by GLN Editor

PBS NewsHour laid out what you need to know about PFAS, what the bill means, what the next step is and what existing resistance there is to this bill and why.