Jan 20 2016

How Michigan Authorities Failed Flint’s Residents Over Lead Poisoning

GUEST: Siddhartha Roy, Flint Water Study Researcher and PhD student at Virginia Tech.

Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore has written a letter to President Obama about his hometown in Michigan, contending that, “at least 10 people in Flint, have now been killed by [the] premeditated actions of the Governor of Michigan.” The predominantly African American town of Flint recently was found to be supplied by water that met the definition of toxic sludge, with levels of lead so high that it has likely already caused irreversible damage to the town’s children. Many are referring to the disaster as “Katrina II.”

Governor Rick Snyder appointed a supervisor who switched Flint’s water supply from Lake Huron to the polluted Flint River. During the Democratic debate last weekend, Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton strongly condemned the water crisis, saying, “every single American should be outraged,” and that “if the kids in a rich suburb of Detroit had been drinking contaminated water and being bathed in it, there would have been action.” Gov. Snyder laid out his proposal for how to fix the crisis last night at a session of the state Congress.

It was due to the efforts of a volunteer team of researchers from Virginia Tech university that first alerted authorities of the high levels of lead in Flint’s water.

Find out more by visiting www.flintwaterstudy.org.

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  1. Kristen Michelleon 20 Jan 2016 at 10:09 am