On November 4, officials with the United States Environmental Protection Agency issued a dire warning for Flint, Michigan residents concerning the threat of a new, large-scale lead release into the city’s water supply.
In spite of the fact that the city’s water has been reconnected to the Detroit water supply, EPA officials say that the switch back is not likely to fix damage that has already been done. Instead the agency warns of an accumulation of lead within the city’s service lines, which has the potential to “release large amounts of scale and sediment that could pose an immediate and acute health hazard to the residents.”
The federal warning comes after more than 18 months of inaction on the part of Michigan officials. That alone would be enough for citizens to be outraged. But new revelations about the Flint water crisis show that republican Governor Rick Snyder and members of his administration did more than just ignore the problem. They purposely concealed it.