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Island resident voices concern of nuclear waste near L. Huron
The Manitoulin Expositor (9/26)
A Manitoulin Island resident was one of many who spoke at a joint review panel of groups and individuals opposed to the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) plan to build a deep geologic repository near Lake Huron.

Collins shares tale of Toledo water woe
The Toledo Blade (9/25)
Helping cities combat the threat of algal blooms in the Great Lakes has jumped ahead as a national environmental priority because of Toledo’s brush with algal toxins, the head of the U.S. EPA told a group of international mayors in Chicago, Ill.

High water levels mean high risks at Lake Michigan piers
Holland Sentinel (9/24)
High winds along the lakeshore draw people to the beaches to watch the high waves, but with the water levels on Lake Michigan at their highest point in almost 15 years, the danger of being swept off the piers has increased.

Storms force more sewage to be dumped into Lake St. Clair
The Daily Tribune (9/23)
Nearly another 167 million gallons of sewage was dumped into Lake St. Clair last week after a heavy thunderstorm on the afternoon of Sept. 10 drenched the area for several hours.

EDITORIAL: Congress takes on Lake Erie algal blooms while Ohio lawmakers remain MIA
(9/17)
Ohio's congressional delegation understands the critical role Lake Erie plays in quenching the thirst of more than 11 million consumers and is taking steps to protect it, but state lawmakers continue to tread water in the wake of the harmful algal bloom.

State, tribe and environmental groups fight over mercury in St. Louis River in Minnesota
Star Tribune (9/17)
Critics say Minnesota is choosing industry over kids’ health by not going after sulfate discharged into the St. Louis River and North Shore of Lake Superior.

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Human Health and the Great Lakes
U.S. EPA Region 5 / Great Lakes Commission
Featuring information on hot topics like drinking water and fish consumption, Human Health and the Great Lakes provides complete and up-to-date information about issues of human health in the Great Lakes region. Also contains a comprehensive glossary of Great Lakes terms and several links to related online resources. Based on data taken from the EPA's Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) studies.

FoodWatch
Environmental Defence Canada
FoodWatch provides meaningful information and effective tools for making informed decisions about food safety, and act on these decisions to achieve better human and environmental health.

Fox River Watch
A project of the Clean Water Action Council of northeastern Wisconsin, this site contains extensive information for the public about PCB contamination of the Fox River and Green Bay, the proposed cleanup, and health effects of exposure to PCBs.

Great Lakes Human Health Effects Research Program
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
The ATSDR research program is designed to investigate and characterize the association between the consumption of contaminated Great Lakes fish and short- and long-term harmful health effects.

Hazardous Substance Release/Health Effects Database
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Hazdat provides access to information on the release of hazardous substances from Superfund sites or from emergency events and on the effects of hazardous substances on the health of human populations.

MESB Reports
Michigan Environmental Science Board
The MESB investigates issues concerning the environment and human health at the request of the governor's office. Topics include fish advisories, mercury, lead, chlorine and low level radioactive waste.

Midwest Center for Environmental Science and Public Policy
The Midwest Center is committed to achieving sustainable improvements in human health and the environment through objective, unbiased research and education, and through science-based advocacy.

NOAA Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health
NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
The NOAA Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health (CEGLHH) is a multi-disciplinary research center which will focus on understanding the inter-relationships between the Great Lakes ecosystem, water quality and human health.

The Effects of Great Lakes Contaminants on Human Health
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
This report focuses on adverse human health effects of pollutants.

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GLIN: Pollution Prevention in the Great Lakes Region

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