~~January 19, 2016~~
…. effort to save costs …
I’ve been keeping tabs on this story.
The one to first brake it and continue investigating the horror that the citizens in Flint were exposed to was Rachel Maddow.
In true form, her special reports and follow up made the story a concern for mainstream media which had ignored the poisoning of a city of 100,000 + citizens in the name of saving money for the state.
Take a look.
It could happen near you.
The Flint water crisis is an ongoing drinking water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, in the United States
In 2014, the City of Flint switched its water supply from the City of Detroit (which had supplied it for nearly half a century) to the Flint River. The move was an effort to save costs. It was viewed as a temporary fix prior to an ultimate switch to a permanent Flint water supply, which would be provided after the Karegnondi Water Authority‘s construction of a pipeline from Lake Huron, thereby eliminating Flint’s long-time dependence on Detroit city water.
After the change in water source, the city’s drinking water had a series of issues that culminated with lead contamination, creating a serious public health danger. The corrosive Flint River water caused lead from aging pipes to leach into the water supply, causing extremely elevated levels of lead. As a result, between 6,000 and 12,000 residents had severely high levels of lead in the blood and experienced a range of serious health problems. The water change is also a possible cause of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the county that has killed 10 people and affected another 77.
On November 13, 2015, four families filed a federal class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit against Governor Rick Snyder and thirteen other city and state officials, and three separate people filed a similar suit in state court two months later. Separately, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan and the Michigan Attorney General’s office opened investigations.
On January 5, 2016, the city was declared to be in a state of emergency by the Governor of Michigan, before President Obama declared the crisis as a federal state of emergency, authorizing additional help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security less than two weeks later.
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IN A NUTSHELL
~~Lead In The Water In Flint, Michigan~~
~~Published on Jan 8, 2016~~
When the city of Flint, Michigan, wanted to cut costs, they switched water systems. But that decision had big consequences, leading to the poisoning of the water and the declaration of a state of emergency.
~~Flint Water Crisis: Michigan Officials Request Federal Aid~~
~~Published on Jan 15, 2016~~
As if the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, wasn’t bad enough, health officials are now investigating a spike of severe pneumonia cases – possibly linked to the toxic water.
TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE
Three government officials – one from the City of Flint and two from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality – resigned over the mishandling of the crisis, and Snyder issued an apology to citizens.
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