Flint, Michigan water contamination: Obama declares emergency

schumi

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US President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan, where the water has become contaminated with lead.

The city's water became contaminated after a change in supplier in 2014. Corrosive water leached lead from old pipes into the water supply.

The emergency declaration will unlock $5m (£3.5m) in federal funding.

Earlier in the week, Governor Rick Snyder had requested $31m from the federal government.

He said the need in the city of almost 100,000 people "far exceeds the state's capability" and sought a disaster declaration.

But reports in Michigan said Mr Obama denied that request, that would have freed up more than the $5m, as such declarations are only made for natural disasters.

In October, testing revealed increased lead levels in water supplies and in children's blood. Lead exposure can cause learning disabilities and behavioural problems in children.

Before then, residents had complained of discoloured water, bad smells and headaches and rashes from using the water from the city's new supplier.


More at:http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35336617
 

Creag

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I'd say the supplier is in line for some significant lawsuits from an overly litigious society.
 

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I'd say the supplier is in line for some significant lawsuits from an overly litigious society.

Seems the governor is the problem.

He has been criticised for his handling of the water crisis, with protesters calling for him to resign.
 

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most of my family live in flint and my parents are up there visiting. Dad says bottled water is expensive.
 

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Obama promises repercussions in Flint, Mich., water contamination crisis

U.S. President Barack Obama will ensure that federal officials are held accountable if any wrongdoing is uncovered in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s handling of the water contamination crisis in Flint, Mich., the White House said on Thursday.

“The President believes that the principle of accountability is important, particularly when the stakes are this high,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at a briefing.

Noting that the Justice Department was investigating the contamination of Flint’s water supply, Earnest said Obama will make sure that EPA officials are held responsible for any “errors or wrongdoing” that may be uncovered.

Obama on Wednesday said it was “inexplicable and inexcusable” that families in Flint were not immediately notified about the contaminated water.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will be among the officials called to testify next month to a congressional panel about the crisis, a congressional office said on Thursday.


More at:http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news...h-water-contamination-crisis/article28331340/
 

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If only the ANC understood this concept of accountability..... (Western agent tactics)
 

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Seems the governor is the problem.






Governor cannot be blamed:

The decision to separate from (the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department) and go with the Karegnondi Water Authority, including the decision to pump Flint River water in the interim, were both a part of a long-term plan that was approved by Flint's mayor, and confirmed by a City Council vote of 7-1 in March of 2013
http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2015/10/ex_emergency_manager_earley_sa.html



Flint City Council: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/11/flint_voters_elect_two_convict.html
Hahaha
 

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Snyder blames bureaucrats, EPA faults state in Flint crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday blamed career bureaucrats in Washington and his own state for the Flint water-contamination crisis, while the head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency faulted him and other state officials.

At a contentious congressional hearing, the Republican governor repeatedly apologized for his role in the crisis, which occurred when state officials switched Flint's water supply to the Flint River two years ago to save money in the predominantly African-American city of 100,000 north of Detroit.

"Not a day or night goes by that this tragedy doesn't weigh on my mind — the questions I should have asked, the answers I should have demanded," Snyder said.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, for her part, faulted state officials, noting that the impoverished city was under state management when the city's water supply was switched in April 2014.

State officials did not require that the river water be treated for corrosion, and lead from aging pipes and fixtures leached into Flint homes and businesses. About 8,000 children under the age of 6 were potentially exposed to lead, and elevated lead levels have been found in at least 221 children and 104 adults in Flint. Lead contamination has been linked to learning disabilities and other problems.

"The crisis we're seeing was the result of a state-appointed emergency manager deciding that the city would stop purchasing treated drinking water and instead switch to an untreated source to save money," McCarthy said. "The state of Michigan approved that decision."


More at:http://news.yahoo.com/governor-michigan-environmental-agency-failed-flint-073430570--politics.html#
 

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The crisis we're seeing was the result of a state-appointed emergency manager deciding that the city would stop purchasing treated drinking water and instead switch to an untreated source to save money," McCarthy said. "The state of Michigan approved that decision."

Whoever approved this needs to be fired, then thrown in prison.
 

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Whoever approved this needs to be fired, then thrown in prison.

Snyder is ultimately responsible but he's in full blame-distribution mode - standard Republican (and ANC) tactic when confronted with accountability for one's actions.
 

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Snyder is ultimately responsible but he's in full blame-distribution mode - standard Republican (and ANC) tactic when confronted with accountability for one's actions.
Sure, if he appointed an unqualified person to do the job. However, most likely it was some city official who had all the right qualifications on paper.
 

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Sure, if he appointed an unqualified person to do the job. However, most likely it was some city official who had all the right qualifications on paper.

Appointed officials of the state of Michigan approved the decision to switch the water supply. Snyder is the governor of Michigan. Therefore he is ultimately responsible, regardless if he had any knowledge of, or influence in, the decision to switch.
 

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Appointed officials of the state of Michigan approved the decision to switch the water supply. Snyder is the governor of Michigan. Therefore he is ultimately responsible, regardless if he had any knowledge of, or influence in, the decision to switch.
That is analogous to holding a hospital administrator responsible if a surgeon leaves a cotton swab in a patient

The administrator would only be responsible of he/she knew the surgeon was incompetent.

The ANC have a policy of not employing the best people for the job(rather a deserving cadre). Whether this guy's state runs like that is a different story.
 

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Appointed officials of the state of Michigan approved the decision to switch the water supply. Snyder is the governor of Michigan. Therefore he is ultimately responsible, regardless if he had any knowledge of, or influence in, the decision to switch.

You could pass that buck all the way up to Obama by that reasoning. To put it another way: don't be ridiculous.
 
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