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New Charges Over Flint’s Water Crisis Offer Only a Trickle of Justice

New Charges Over Flint’s Water Crisis Offer Only a Trickle of Justice

By Derrick Z. Jackson No punishment has yet fit the crime of the Flint water crisis, complete with its child poisoning and lethal outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease. After a prior investigation fell apart in 2019, Michigan state prosecutors unveiled a slew of fresh charges against nine figures involved in the fateful penny-pinching move to switch […]

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    Flint: 5 Years Later, and Our Water Is More Threatened Than Ever

    Flint: 5 Years Later, and Our Water Is More Threatened Than Ever

    By Wenonah Hauter Five years ago this week, an emergency manager appointed by then-Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder made the devastating decision to save money by switching Flint’s water supply over from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River. Seen as a temporary fix, the new water supply was not properly treated. High levels of lead […]

    World Peace Requires Access to Safe Water

    World Peace Requires Access to Safe Water

    International Peace Day is Sept. 21. Mekela Panditharatne, attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, submitted the following op-ed to EcoWatch in commemoration. In drought-ravaged East Africa, the cracks in the plains echo the fault lines splitting tribes. Across the globe, the devastation of deadly brawls is being exacerbated by tensions over access to water. […]

    EPA Watchdog Finds Agency Failed in Flint Water Crisis

    EPA Watchdog Finds Agency Failed in Flint Water Crisis

    A report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) internal watchdog organization published Thursday argued that the EPA needed to step up its monitoring of state drinking water in the aftermath of the Flint, Michigan water crisis, CBS reported. The report, conducted by the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General, found that EPA’s Region 5 […]

    Can Elon Musk Fix Flint’s Water?

    Can Elon Musk Fix Flint’s Water?

    By Fiona E. McNeill The Michigan community of Flint has become a byword for lead poisoning. Elon Musk recently entered the fray. He tweeted a promise to pay to fix the water in any house in Flint that had water contamination above acceptable levels set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. On Twitter and […]