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The City of Flint recently sent out the attached notice regarding violations to the drinking water standards. While the City of Flint states that corrective actions are not necessary, DTMB is in the process of providing a water cooler on each occupied floor, positioned near the water fountain, so you can choose which water to drink. The coolers will arrive today and will be provided as long as the public water does not meet treatment requirements.
Had the residents of Flint been afforded the same courtesy, of which their tax dollars supplied, the poisoning of countless children and adults alike could have been prevented. As the government officials were allowed to ‘choose’ which water source they wanted to drink, the poor residents were being systematically and knowingly poisoned.
As the government officials were allowed to ‘choose’ which water source they wanted to drink, the poor residents were being systematically and knowingly poisoned.
originally posted by: Boadicea
a reply to: 727Sky
Not your fault, but the title and article are incorrect to the extent that it was NOT the city of Flint officials receiving this drinking water. It was the state officials who were in charge of Flint for a couple/few years that received the clean water, knowing full well that the Emergency Manager the state appointed to run Flint had made the water supply changes which are now poisoning their water.
I think I read that the Emergency Management was terminated and the city council is now back in charge making decisions. But they didn't make this decision.
I only point this out because I've gotten the feeling that the state/governor are trying very hard to hide their responsibility and culpability and pass it onto the city council they usurped.
In any other instance in which an individual or group of individuals is harmed by another person or group, those individuals could seek damages. However, thanks to what is called the doctrine of sovereign immunity in the United States, the government cannot be sued unless it has waived its immunity or consented to the suit.
As the nation rightly focuses on Flint’s ongoing water crisis, other cities in the state of Michigan face even higher levels of lead contamination. The alarming pervasiveness of potentially toxic drinking water extends across the United States.
The Detroit News reports that “Elevated blood-lead levels are seen in a higher percentage of children in parts of Grand Rapids, Jackson, Detroit, Saginaw, Muskegon, Holland and several other cities, proof that the scourge of lead has not been eradicated despite decades of public health campaigns and hundreds of millions of dollars spent to find and eliminate it.”
Thank you for the clarification. Pretty normal to point fingers and "who me" by government to find a proper fall guy as long as the real crooks are in power.