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    Default Re: Hoffa: We Stand With Flint

    Every one knows change doesn't happen overnight. But resistance to change, or help the Flint Michigan water crisis baffled me.

    Why Do Some Michigan Water Agencies Oppose the Quest for Safe Water?
    The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, made headlines worldwide as an example of environmental injustice and governmental malfeasance writ large. Officials took far too long to acknowledge the grave mistake they had made by switching Flint’s supply of drinking water from Lake Huron to the Flint River, thereby triggering a lead contamination crisis. More than 100,000 residents of this working-class, majority black community—including as many as 9,000 children under the age of six—were exposed to this highly dangerous heavy metal. Experts agree that no amount of lead exposure is safe and that children are especially vulnerable: At even the lowest levels, it can cause damage to developing brains and nervous systems.

    Now, five years after Flint—and despite all that we’ve learned about what happened and why—Michigan’s water utilities are actively opposing efforts to fix the state’s lead problem. In turn, residents still find themselves at risk of exposure from a number of as-yet-unidentified lead pipes that remain underground. Given the state’s recent history, you might think that water utilities would be uniformly vigilant about getting rid of these pipes as quickly as possible. But disturbingly, some of them are instead applying that vigilance toward fighting a new protection put in place by former governor Rick Snyder.
    But while Michigan is stepping up to protect its residents from harm, some water agencies are trying to stop these efforts from moving forward.

    At issue is a core component of the new rule: the requirement that every water provider in the state replace all of its lead service lines, in their entirety, by 2040 unless the provider can demonstrate through its asset management plan that it needs more time. This past winter, the city of Detroit’s water utility and a group of Detroit-area water agencies sued the state in hopes of quashing the rule, claiming that replacing an estimated 500,000 lines in their jurisdictions would cost local governments as much as $2.5 billion over 20 years and expose them to legal action if they were unable to adhere to the imposed timeline.
    Always money for the endless wars and corporate subsidy's, but never enough for the citizens.

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    Default Re: Hoffa: We Stand With Flint

    Seems prosecutors have dropped charges against officials involved in the Flint city water crisis.

    Flint Water Prosecutors Drop Criminal Charges, With Plans to Keep Investigating
    Prosecutors stunned the city of Flint, Mich., on Thursday by dropping all pending charges against officials accused of ruining the community’s drinking water and ignoring signs of a crisis, casting doubt on what some residents had seen as a small but tangible step toward justice.
    Fifteen state and local officials, including emergency managers who ran the city and a member of the governor’s cabinet, had been accused by state prosecutors of crimes as serious as involuntary manslaughter. Seven had already taken plea deals. Eight more, including most of the highest-ranking officials, were awaiting trial.
    On Thursday, more than three years after the first charges were filed, the Michigan attorney general’s office, which earlier this year passed from Republican to Democratic hands, abruptly dropped the eight remaining cases. Prosecutors left open the possibility of recharging some of those same people, and perhaps others, too.
    Flint’s water crisis, which started in 2014, was a failure of government at all levels. A state-appointed emergency manager switched the city’s drinking water source from Detroit’s municipal water system to the Flint River in an effort to save money. Local officials failed to implement corrosion controls, allowing lead to leach from pipes. Health agencies assured residents the water was safe even as people complained that it smelled bad, tasted funny and was discolored.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/13/u...s-dropped.html

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    Default Re: Hoffa: We Stand With Flint

    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    Seems prosecutors have dropped charges against officials involved in the Flint city water crisis.

    Flint Water Prosecutors Drop Criminal Charges, With Plans to Keep Investigating



    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/13/u...s-dropped.html


    I am truly shocked! Wonder what gives????

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    Default Re: Hoffa: We Stand With Flint

    Supreme court says lawsuits against Flint Water can continue.

    Supreme Court denies Flint officials' request to block lawsuit over water crisis
    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday denied a request from four Flint, Michigan officials who asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block lower court rulings that said they could be sued over lead contamination in the water supply.
    Their motion was directed to Justice Sotomayor, who handles such appeals from that region. Without explanation, as is the usual practice, she denied their request.
    The civil lawsuit is separate from any criminal cases. On Thursday, Michigan prosecutors dropped all pending charges against a group of state and local officials accused of a variety of crimes arising from the water crisis.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/sup...water-n1017816

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    Default Re: Hoffa: We Stand With Flint

    There is an upcoming documentary on the Flint water crisis.

    Foreman at Flint Water Plant Warned 'People Are Gonna Die'
    The warning is about as stark as it gets: “It’s not safe. We’re not ready. People are gonna die." The words were from Matt McFarland, who worked as a foreman at the water plant in Flint, Michigan, in 2014—just before the city began using the Flint River as the source for its water. The warning, from McFarland to his sister, is included in an upcoming Frontline documentary on PBS about the Flint water crisis, which is blamed for the deaths of at least a dozen adults and the sickening of thousands of children.
    The Frontline documentary airs on PBS stations at 9pm Tuesday.
    https://www.newser.com/story/280144/...mpaign=rss_top

 

 
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