While it is true that no one gets up in the morning intending to lead poison children, we previously argued that the agencies who created the Flint drinking water crisis worked awfully hard covering up their incompetence and Flint’s lead-in-water problems—in the process, they repeatedly left Flint’s children in harm’s way.
Two recent Freedom of Information act (FOIA) requests confirmed our worst fears as to what was occurring behind the scenes all of these months. Sadly, the e-mails also provided a disappointing answer to our earlier question: Where is the EPA?
We have created two e-mail chronologies that you can download, read, share and comment on for yourself. The first batch of FOIA documents is from the City of Flint, whereas the second set is from MDEQ. We will also post a Q+A with Flint Mayor Dayne Walling based on his e-mails with EPA later today.
Email communication between the City of Flint and US EPA:
Emails between MDEQ and US EPA as well as MDEQ’s Public Comments during the Flint Water Crisis: