Tag: Flint Water Crisis

Hillary Clinton weighs in on the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water

Hillary Clinton weighs in on the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water

It’s clear that the story of the poisoning of Flint, Michigan’s drinking water by the Snyder administration has finally broken through to the national news. It’s not only being reported by major national news outlets, presidential candidates are now weighing in. Today, Hillary Clinton issued this statement: The situation in Flint, Michigan, is extremely concerning. No parent should have to […]

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The worst part about the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water is that nobody will go to prison for it

The worst part about the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water is that nobody will go to prison for it

No Snyder administration officials will be held accountable. And that’s exactly the problem. At long last, after activists and elected officials and even bloggers like LOLGOP and I have been sounding the alarm about the poisoning of Flint residents with lead in their drinking water, the story has finally hit the national stage. In the past week, in addition to […]

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BREAKING: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder finally declares a state of emergency in Flint over water poisoning by state

BREAKING: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder finally declares a state of emergency in Flint over water poisoning by state

Nearly a year after evidence surfaced that there was a very serious, odorless, and invisible poisonous menace lurking in the water of Flint, Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder has finally declared a state of emergency in the devastated city: Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency for Flint and Genesee County Tuesday as a result of the contaminated drinking water […]

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UPDATED: Maddow continues to press Flint water poisoning story, U.S. Attorney’s Office investigating

UPDATED: Maddow continues to press Flint water poisoning story, U.S. Attorney’s Office investigating

Last night, Rachel Maddow covered the Flint water lead poisoning story for a third time in the past month. In the segment, she lauded the Michigan press – including the ACLU’s crack investigative journalist Curt Guyette who wasn’t named explicitly – for their vigilance and doggedness in pursuing this story, something I agree with completely. For this report, Maddow brought […]

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The kids of Flint have been poisoned due to Rick Snyder’s “truly unbelievable, reckless radicalism”

The kids of Flint have been poisoned due to Rick Snyder’s “truly unbelievable, reckless radicalism”

The Flint water crisis was declared a state of emergency by Mayor Karen Weaver this week — something we’ve known for months. But much of the nation still has no idea what has been perpetrated against the people of this battered city. One person is trying to change that. “Governor, the water of the city of Flint, Michigan has been […]

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UPDATED: Snyder admin knew risk of Flint lead poisoning in 2013, changed 2015 lead test results that would have required action

UPDATED: Snyder admin knew risk of Flint lead poisoning in 2013, changed 2015 lead test results that would have required action

Four years ago in 2011, the city of Flint commissioned a report to investigate the use of the Flint River to supply water to the city. The report, which was sent to state officials in 2013 detailed the risk of lead leaching by the more corrosive river water and emphasized the need for phosphate corrosion control to prevent lead from […]

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UPDATED: Flint Mayor Dayne Walling talks about Flint’s water crisis, Emergency Managers, and the State government

UPDATED: Flint Mayor Dayne Walling talks about Flint’s water crisis, Emergency Managers, and the State government

As the water crisis has unfolded in Flint over the past few months, there has been an enormous amount of finger pointing and blame shifting going around. Just this week, Darnell Earley wrote an op-ed piece for The Detroit News absolving himself of any of that blame, despite the fact that he or one of his predecessors was in charge […]

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The colossal failure and scandal of the Snyder administration in preventing the lead poisoning of Flint residents

The colossal failure and scandal of the Snyder administration in preventing the lead poisoning of Flint residents

In April of 2014, under the direction of Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, the City changed the source of its drinking water from the Detroit water system (drawing from Lake Huron) to the Flint River. The move was touted as a cost-saving measure which would save $7 million annually. However, there were problems from the start. High levels of bacteria […]

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GUEST POST: The catastrophe of Flint’s water crisis falls squarely on Gov. Rick Snyder and the MDEQ

GUEST POST: The catastrophe of Flint’s water crisis falls squarely on Gov. Rick Snyder and the MDEQ

The following post was co-authored by David Holtz, the Chair of the Michigan chapter of the Sierra Club, and Anne Woiwode, the chapter’s Conservation Director. As leaders of one of the primary watchdog groups in Michigan when it comes to water quality, I asked them to weigh in on the ongoing crisis with Flint’s water supply. In their essay, Holtz […]

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