Texas woman accused of selling toxic diet pills in Michigan
BAY CITY, Mich. – A Texas woman faces federal charges in Michigan for allegedly selling a toxic diet pill online to residents in the state’s Saginaw and Washtenaw counties. The indictment accuses her of obtaining the drug DNP, also known as 2, 4-dinitrophenol, from suppliers and profiting from its sale. The sales began as early as October 2018, and at least some of her customers were in Saginaw and Washtenaw counties, court records state. Holloway appeared remotely from Texas on Dec. 17 before a U.S. District Court magistrate judge in Michigan who granted Holloway a $10,000 unsecured bond and said she would be supervised out of Fort Worth, Texas. Her trial is set for April 20 before a federal judge in Bay City, Michigan.
Health officials remind residents that there is still an advisory in effect for harmful algal blooms in Ford Lake
WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. – Health officials are reminding residents and visitors that a public health advisory for harmful algal blooms in Ford Lake in Ypsilanti remains in effect. Do not swallow the lake water. READ: Help Me Hank: Keeping your pets safe from toxic algaeSome algal blooms are made of cyanobacteria that have the ability to produce toxins, causing a harmful algal bloom. A Ford Lake resident notified the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services of a suspected harmful algal bloom earlier this summer. READ: Washtenaw County residents cautioned about potential toxic algal bloom in Ford LakeWhat you need to know
Owner of Madison Heights green ooze building finally starts cleaning up worrisome Detroit property
DETROIT The owner of the Madison Heights building linked to green ooze that seeped onto I-696 has finally started to clean up his worrisome Detroit property after months of pressure from city and state officials. The battle between Gary Sayers and officials has been going on for months. EGLE and Detroit officials said Sayers ignored repeated calls about getting the work done over the last several months. Any clearing of debris on the property helps facilitate our ability to assess the site for possible contamination.Sayers is also battling state and city leaders in Madison Heights, where green ooze seeped from his building and onto I-696. Testing and cleanup at the Madison Heights site are ongoing.
Washtenaw County residents cautioned about potential algal bloom in Ford Lake
WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. Officials with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Washtenaw County Health Department issued a public health advisory Thursday for a suspected harmful algal bloom (HAB) in Ford Lake. There are different types of naturally occurring algal blooms that may be seen on lakes and rivers. Additionally, recent testing confirmed microcystin toxin in the water, indicating the possibility of a HAB, but inspectors did not observe one. People can water ski, boat and tube but it is advised that caution be taken in doing so in areas with visible algal scums. Ford Lake is under a Do Not Eat Fish Advisory.
Update: FDA expands ‘toxic’ hand sanitizers recall
The FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. The agency is aware of adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death. Methanol is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects. FDA’s investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitizers is ongoing.
Violations persist at Detroit River seawall collapse site
DETROIT Revere Dock was busted months ago after a dock collapsed into the Detroit River leaving a huge hole. The Revere Dock collapsed in November, spilling contaminated soil into the Detroit River. Revere Dock said if their plan is approved, it would take about six months to complete. Officials with the city of Detroit said the company has paid $63,000 to resolve the outstanding violations. Detroit Bulk Storage, who leases the land, still owes the city $62,790.