Update on Horrible Flint Water Issues

The tragedy that has plagued the City of Flint, Michigan is a reminder of the need for consistent oversight and quick responses to national emergencies. It has been four years since the issues in Flint were declared a national emergency. The water that the people depended on became so polluted that it was impossible for them to drink.

Since that fateful day, there has been an ongoing investigation into government employees and others that were accused of failing to act in a timely manner, some were accused of covering up the truth, and many other accusations. But this past week the case was dropped and all charges against people were dismissed. The prosecutors that are working the case have decided it is time to start over and build a case from the ground up.

Prosecutors believe that the way the investigation has been going under the former Office of Special Counsel (OSC) was not the correct way to handle the matter. The former OSC that was appointed to the issue was done so by the former Attorney General Bill Schuette. The problem that was discovered was that there were private law firms that were used to help gather the needed information, and they were given the option of what documentation would be handed over to the appropriate authorities.

Fadwa Hammoud, who is the Solicitor General, and Kym L. Worthy, who is the Wayne County Prosecutor are the ones that are now taking the new case in a different direction. They have stated, “We cannot provide the citizens of Flint the investigation they rightly deserve by continuing to build on a flawed foundation.” They believe that the people of Flint deserve to have every angle of this matter looked into and the appropriate people brought to justice should any wrong be discovered.

Many people within the Flint area feel like they have been let down. Hammoud and Worthy are planning community questions and answer time on June 28. They will bring to the community the reasons why they are starting over. Melissa Mays, who is the founder of the Water You Fighting For advocacy group, has stated, “I was horrified. I felt blindsided. The way we saw the message delivered today is hurtful. It was retraumatizing.” She had found out about the decision through a third party news outlet.

Many people in the Flint area are having to install personal water filtration systems, which are not cheap. Mays family is one of those saving for such a system, and she noted, “We have a constant fear that this will never be fixed. It’s not fair. We didn’t ask to be poisoned.”

On the other side of the aisle the Mayor of Flint, Karen Weaver, stated, “I am happy to see that this case is being handled with the seriousness and dogged determination that it should have been handled from the beginning.” She also said about the former handling of the case as, “an entire administration’s clear lack of respect for human life and common decency, another attempt to cover up what should have never happened, to begin with.”

Feelings of disapproval are still strong with many as the changeup has taken place, “Monica Galloway, who is a member of the city council, stated, “The lead impact on our children hasn’t even been realized, which means that there are many unknowns for their future. They haven’t been made whole. It causes me to believe that Gov. Snyder just got a get out of jail free card. The people that are responsible will be walking away free.”

It is reasonable to think that the new investigation will bring new charges against those that are responsible. The problem is that the people of Flint will have to wait longer now for a verdict and a solution to be found.

Many people living in Flint are having to buy their water in bottles now and are not receiving any relief from their current water bills. They are still expected to pay for the majority of the water that they are no longer able to use for drinking, cooking, and even bathing.

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  36. CA doing same in CA. Imperial County. The water from New, TJ and Alamo rivers flow from Mexico into CA. Mexico puts all pollution in rivers. This is getting in water table. I have NOT been able to drink tap water for 35 years. Time to make Mexico responsible for their mess. We could build plants on this side of border and use water to clean up Brown’s Salton Sea disaster. Just another mess that Newson can’t find money for. illegals health care and 98 million. Salton Sea disaster causing billions in health care. 30 million for Salton sea. God bless our country. Trump 2020. Deport illegals will save a. LOT of money.

  37. Oh, the humanity.
    I pay a monthly water bill and still buy my drinking water in gallon jugs.

  38. I’m astounded that no one has fixed the problem yet. That should have been job ONE. An investigation should be independent of the solution, just don’t run the money through the same people.

  39. Those that made the decisions on the water and those that supported it should be forced to live in the affected neighborhoods 24/7 and ONLY drink the public water with NO treatment until the entire system is cleaned up.

  40. I wonder how long this would have gone on in say Lansing, or Grose PT. Woods. The Federal Government needs to put an injunction against the water supplier from charging. Don’t care if they go belly up. Corp., of Engineers should step in and create another water source.

  41. When the Flint water crisis started the decision was made to change the source of the water. They were buying it from Detroit who sourced it from Lake Huron. Lake Huron is quite a ways away from Flint and it was expensive. The new source was from a river nearby. The switch was made , but no one checked to see if everything was OK with it. A filter and conditioners to prevent the leaching of lead from the old underground pipes was NOT installed. (Detroit had been doing that with the water they supplied) The new source was NOT BEING PROCESSED CORRECTLY. No one seemed to notice and the people who complained were ignored. The water was coming out BROWN!
    Fingers were being pointed all around. Who was responsible? It is complicated. Now Michigan has a new governor of a different party and they want to start over so the can shift the blame to the previous Administration. They vacated all the previous indictments. (That doesn’t let them off the hook as they could be re-indicted later.) Just seeing who is now going to investigate this matter, now, shows me that they will hold Flint’s officials harmless and will blame it all on Governor Snyder’s administrators.
    Meanwhile the people in Flint will have poor water for the foreseeable future! It is a MESS!

  42. If I lived in Flint I would have installed my own water filtration system by now, and would continue to have the filtered water tested once a quarter until I felt safe. As for the lead pipes in houses, I would have had them all replaced by now. You cannot wait for the politicians to do the right thing, you have to protect your family from their incompetence!

  43. It sounds like a lot of pockets were lined instead of fixing the problem. You should be able to count on the people put in charge and know that they will have your back. I wish I had the funds to take care of the problem and get the town of FLINT back into the 21st centry. The government should have stepped in a long time ago. God Bless you all.

  44. People should be held accountable for the actions they have taken which lead up to this water issue. Also, the people responsible for the hundreds of cases of water that were hidden in a warehouse need to be prosecuted. The people of Michigan must vote this governor out come election tome.

  45. Congress can not help you they are too buisy trying to take down Trump and as a result they are wearing blinders. Clean drinking water for American citizens doesn’t carry the same high priority as attacking Trump does. Wait until after the election and they may have time then.

  46. I thing several issues in your statement is not correct, perhaps it is because you are not from Michigan.
    Millions of our tax money and federal funding was been poured into Flint they were given an all clear.

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