Progress Michigan has uncovered a serious bombshell. According to them, the Michigan Department of Technology and Management & Budget were supplying water coolers to the Michigan state building due to concern regarding the public water quality in January 2015. This doesn’t look good for Republican Governor Rick Snyder because this is a full year before he declared a state of emergency and before finally distributing water to private residents of Flint.
In April of 2014, the Flint River became Flint’s new water source. This change caused widespread lead contamination amongst its citizens, that only came to light due to results from multiple cases of lead poisoning observed in children. Due to the timing, the city’s outbreak of Legionnaires, which has killed ten people, may also be linked to the contaminated water source.
Here’s another fumble by the Snyder administration. The coolers were to be provided ” as long as the public water does not meet treatment requirements,” according to a memo received. Yet, in August and September, boil advisories were given out to the people of Flint before later assuring them that the water was acceptable for all uses.
And still, Snyder is being given a pass and has not been asked to go in front of Congress to testify on this matter.
It has been revealed that his administration knew long before the emergency declaration that the water was compromised. Ed Kurtz, a former emergency manager of Flint, actually dismissed the idea of using Flint River as the city’s water source in the past due to its high levels of lead concentration.
Not only did he knowingly supply contaminated water to the public, he refused help from the EPA to clean it. The EPA has accused the Snyder administration of “failures” and “resistance.” Their offers to clean the water was rebuffed repeatedly by Snyder’s administration. Furthermore, if the administration weren’t guilty, why would they have buried test results from the summer of 2015 that showed the lead contamination?
Not only does Governor Snyder need to be removed and replaced by someone who actually cares about the well-being of the state, but he and his administration need to be held accountable for their negligent actions.
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