“All too prevalent in this Flint Water Investigation was a priority on balance sheets and finances rather than health and safety of the citizens of Flint,” Michigan’s attorney general stated.
Two corporations that were hired to assist Flint and advise on handling the water crisis are now accused of negligence, and officials say the damages could reach hundreds of millions of dollars.
Lead, the “useful metal,” was the pride of the Romans. For the last 5,000 years, it was used in products ranging from water pipes and makeup to wine — until we discovered how poisonous it is.
The water crisis in Flint, Mich., raised an alarm about the dangers of lead in our water supply, but it is not new knowledge. Madison, Wis., knew about it and removed all its lead pipes 15 years ago.
“Clearly, what happened here is a case of environmental injustice,” task force member Ken Sikkema tells reporters. Primary blame rests with a state environmental agency, investigators concluded.
The governor and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. During the hearing, there were multiple calls for their resignations.
The two Democratic rivals struck a cordial tone on how to fix the embattled Michigan city’s water crisis, but they had sharp differences on trade, the auto bailout and gun control.
David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz chronicle America’s poisonous relationship with lead in Lead Wars. “We’ve created a terribly toxic environment in all sorts of ways,” Rosner says.
Michigan’s governor wants to spend $30 million to pay water bills in Flint. A lawsuit is seeking five times that in refunds and damages for people who paid for lead-tainted drinking water.
Mayor Karen Weaver was elected in November after vowing to address the problem, which began in 2014. Thursday, the head of the EPA’s regional office resigned.