Tag: Flint Water crisis
“Ongoing challenges remain years later for Flint residents, and it’s important that we don’t forget our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster.”
Flint’s water problems started in April 2014 when the city switched its water source from the city of Detroit to the Flint River.
Prosecutors will try to prove five Michigan officials were responsible for a Legionnaires’ death because they knew about the problem, but failed to warn the public. Similar cases of environmental disasters have not resulted in convictions, but there are reasons Flint could break the mold.
Still, no criminal charges have been filed against the governor at this time.
Chris Christie-appointed officials may soon privatize the city’s water utility.
Meanwhile, three years after the Flint water crisis began, pipes still have not been fixed and water is still considered unsafe to drink.
Though some of the water use restriction have been lifted for some residents, two-thirds of those living in the Texas city are still forced to rely on bottled water for drinking and cooking.
The Flint water crisis began when unelected emergency manager Darnell Earley, appointed by Governor Rick Snyder, switched the source of the city’s drinking water from the Detroit system to the corrosive Flint River.
At least 13 former and current state and local officials face criminal charges for their participation in the Flint water crisis.
“Federal funding to help begin fixing the pipes at the heart of the Flint water crisis is shamefully overdue.”