Democracy Watch: Flint Water Crisis Rages On
You know things are bad when the best defense you can conjure is incompetence.
But that's exactly what Dan Wyant, director of Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), resorted to last week when he admitted that the state mishandled the Flint water crisis.
Dangerous Water and Lost Trust in Flint: Why the Feds Need to Step In
In the past few weeks, the problem of lead in Flint’s drinking water has quickly gone from being a story largely ignored by the mainstream media to a scandal that’s making headlines nationally.
Faced with overwhelming evidence, state and local officials who adamantly insisted for months that there was no problem have been forced to admit that their unequivocal assurances were completely false.
The Culprits in Flint's Water Scandal Need to Be Held Accountable
When Gov. Rick Snyder and a clutch of other officials stood shoulder-to-shoulder in Flint on Thursday to announce that the city would soon be returning to the Detroit system for its drinking water, a few important points were either glossed over or missed completely.
The first and most important is this: This decision to abandon using the Flint River did not come about because of what the Gov. Snyder likes to refer to as his “relentless positive action” approach to governance.
Groups Petition EPA for Emergency Response to Flint Drinking Water Contamination
FLINT, Mich. - In response to the ongoing drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, a coalition of local citizens and national groups petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to take emergency action to secure safe, lead-free water for the City’s children and families.
ACLU of Michigan Presents "Thirst for Truth: Who's to Blame for Flint's Water Woes?"
Despite complaints about the water by residents, Flint city officials have insisted that the city's water is safe. But when ACLU of Michigan investigative reporter caught up with water officials to ask some tough questions about these claims, their answers were downright frightening.
Hard To Swallow: Toxic Water In a Toxic System in Flint
In a place that bills itself the Great Lakes State, you'd think people would understand and appreciate the universally critical importance of water.
Corrosive Impact: A Tale of Leaded Water and One Flint Family’s Toxic Nightmare
It took a while for LeeAnne Walters to realize the full impact of the number: 13,200.
Walters—a stay-at home mom with four sons and a husband in the Navy—had seen other numbers reflecting the quality of drinking water at her Flint home that were devastating. But 13,200? She’d never seen anything like this.
The city had tested her water twice in this past March and both times found dangerously high levels of lead—104 parts per billion (ppb) and 397 ppb, respectively.