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.
ACLU of Michigan Joins Call for Federal Disaster-Relief Funding for Flint
DETROIT--The ACLU in a letter to Congress this week urged lawmakers to greenlight disaster relief funds for Flint as that city continues to struggle with access to clean water more than two years after a switch in municipal water sources led to massive lead contamination and widespread health concerns.
"As an impoverished community composed largely of people of color, the residents of Flint represent some of our country’s most vulnerable populations," the letter notes. "It is imperative that Congress provide aid without further delay."