As a result of a decision to switch their municipal water supply to the caustic Flint River in 2014, residents of Flint were exposed for nearly two years to toxic, lead-tainted water. Even as state officials claimed the water supply was safe, independent investigations led by the ACLU of Michigan, water experts and Flint citizens revealed that the water was indeed polluted with lead. (Go here to read our full coverage of the Flint water crisis.) Now, Flint finds itself in the throes of one of the worst public-health crises in modern history as the city of 100,000 people struggles to end the crisis and mitigate a lead-poisoning tragedy that will resonate across the state--and the nation--for many years to come.
Criminal Charges Brought Against Two High-Ranking State Health Officials in Flint Water Crisis
Statement from ACLU of Michigan Executive Director, Kary Moss, on today's charges in the Flint Water Crisis:
"The criminal charges brought today against two high-ranking state health officials in the Flint water crisis send a strong message that public officials are accountable for the decisions they make. Unfortunately, the State has not yet taken responsibility for how the water crisis has put the education of all Flint public school children at risk.