As a result of a decision to switch their municipal water supply to the caustic Flint River in 2014, residents of Flint were exposed for nearly two years to toxic, lead-tainted water. Even as state officials claimed the water supply was safe, independent investigations led by the ACLU of Michigan, water experts and Flint citizens revealed that the water was indeed polluted with lead. (Go here to read our full coverage of the Flint water crisis.) Now, Flint finds itself in the throes of one of the worst public-health crises in modern history as the city of 100,000 people struggles to end the crisis and mitigate a lead-poisoning tragedy that will resonate across the state--and the nation--for many years to come.
Democracy Watch: Federal Lawmakers Push to Re-Open Flint Water Probe Amid Accusations of State Stonewalling
On the same day that Gov. Rick Snyder gave short shrift in his State of the State speech to the ongoing Flint crisis his administration created, U.S. Reps. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., continued applying pressure in an attempt to hold accountable those responsible for the poisoning of a city’s water supply.