The total takes into account some 8,000 children believed exposed to lead poisoning in Flint since April 2014, when the financially struggling city, under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager, switched its water source from Detroit’s municipal system to the Flint River to save money.
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials Stephen Busch and Michael Prysby were charged with five and six counts, respectively, including misconduct in office, tampering with evidence and violation of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act. Both pleaded not guilty.
As you no doubt know, the water crisis in Flint, Mich., returned to the headlines last week with news that the state attorney general is charging three government officials for their alleged roles in the debacle. It makes this a convenient moment to deal with something that has irked me about the way this disaster is framed.
The crisis in Flint, Michigan — brought on by untreated water corroding the city’s ancient pipes — is just the tip of America’s lead iceberg.
Mayor Karen Weaver said the city has no intention of suing the state, but the filing, which accuses the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality of “grossly negligent oversight,” was necessary for technical reasons to guard the city’s rights
Flint provided a dramatic backdrop for the pair — who were actually willing to discuss the systematic failures that led to the poisoning of an entire city.
Gov. Rick Snyder’s aides discussed Flint’s water quality problems as early as autumn 2014, with one calling the situation “downright scary.”
The disclosure of the documents comes as Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder faces pressure to resign over handling of the Flint water crisis.
Snyder, at Flint meeting: “There are a number of folk out there that are spending their time mainly on the political side and the blame side.”
The bottom line of thinking you can simply apply corporate methods and ethics to public responsibilities is that very bad things can happen.
Preliminary estimates of the cost of repairing Flint’s water distribution infrastructure range from millions of dollars to as high as $1.5 billion.
“The Daily Show” revealed the secret role the show played in addressing controversy over the racist-looking official seal of the Village of Whitesboro.
Ariana Hawk heated a bowl of distilled water in the microwave, dipped a washcloth in it and wiped her 2-year-old son’s itchy, irritated skin.
Federal aid ordered for state and local response efforts, where the city of Flint has been contending with lead-contaminated drinking water.
Larry Wilmore examined the humanitarian crisis going on in Flint, Michigan, where residents have been poisoned by toxic, lead-tainted water.
Financially strapped city was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager, when it switched its source of tap water to save money.