Officials Simply Ignored Flint’s Water Issues, Blocked Investigation

by
Amna Shoaib
An agenda that recently came to light reveals shocking insight into the Flint's water crisis and Legionnaires' epidemic.

The Flint, Michigan, Legionnaires' disease epidemic is becoming more suspicious each day, especially with the government’s insistence of blocking any investigation regarding the baffling and avoidable case of government negligence.

In 2014, the water supply for Flint, was changed from Detroit to the Flint River. Shortly after, residents of the city started complaining of the quality of the water.

The water from Flint River was corroding the metal off the water pipes and it was later discovered that the supply had traces of lead in it. That's the crisis getting most of the national attention, but there is another one ongoing as well. 

Adding to the disaster, Genesee County, which includes Flint, has recorded 87 cases of Legionnaires' disease from June 2014 (two months after switching from Detroit water to Flint River) to November 2015 (a month after switching it back to Detroit system).

Flint River

As researchers are looking into a possible link between the Legionnaires’ outbreak to the water crisis, the sequence of events leading up to and through the actual water crises is getting more muddled by the day.

While authorities have insisted that they found out about Flint’s issue only last fall, 21,000 pages of documents reveals otherwise.

Flint Water Plant

The agenda details the conference call of June 11, 2014, that Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan had with two of his aides, Rich Baird and Harvey Collins, to discuss Flint’s "water issues." One theme runs strong in the meets at this point: the water meets all the standard quality requirements, despite emerging problems.

There's a marked lack of urgency as the officials discuss the provision of water filters to the officials through March 2015, and refer to the problem as an "aesthetic issue." The officials languidly discuss the issues rightly raised by Del Toral, an environment activist, and then choose to ignore the points because Toral "was out" and could be answered later.

The issue has gotten murkier, despite the government’s continued assurance of its innocence, now that CNN reports that any enquiries made into the issue were actually blocked by the state.

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