Category Archives: Environment

In an ironic twist, House Republicans, who, up until a few weeks ago, wanted to see the EPA dismantled, argued this morning that what happened in Flint was due to the agency not being aggressive enough

Several people testified before the House Oversight Committee today about the poisoning of Flint’s citizens, including Virginia Tech Professor Marc Edwards and Flint resident Lee Anne Walters. While most of the local coverage, I suspect, will focus on Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s forceful promise early in the proceedings to have the U.S. Marshals “hunt down” former […]

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While it’s nice that people are sending bottles of water to Flint, I can’t help but wonder where all of that money is going

I’ve been thinking a lot today about the millions and millions of little, single-serving bottles of water being sent to Flint by people around the world… On the whole, I think it’s a good thing. And I love knowing I live in a world where people so desperately want to help that they’re willing to […]

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Could the Flint water crisis have its origins in a desire to open up new areas of Michigan to fracking?

In July of 2014 I interviewed Flint attorney Alec Gibbs about the state takeover of Flint, why it happened, and the damage that, by that point, was already underway. It was a great discussion. And, because Gibbs got into a lot of depth not only about what had happened in Flint, but the history of […]

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This is why we use the word “coverup” when talking about the Flint water crisis

In 1991, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a regulation to control the levels of lead and copper in American drinking water. This regulation, which is known as the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), required that, by January 1, 1997, “public water systems serving more than 50,000 people… survey their own corrosion control systems and […]

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Snyder appointed task force deflects blame from Governor in Flint water crisis, identifies scapegoat

For those of you who don’t follow the news over the holidays, choosing instead to focus on family and football, there was a significant development in the Flint water saga between Christmas and New Year’s Day… The task force Govern Sndyer appointed to figure out what happened in Flint that left an alarming number of […]

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