Funding for Flint, has now stalled in Congress, in part because of a belief that the Flint disaster is a local issue.
While those unfamiliar with the history, who now parrot EPA’s false talking points on the issue can be forgiven, it is important to remember that the Flint disaster is partly due to a culture of complacency and complicity in the federal government.
A March Wall Street Journal editorial succinctly detailed how the EPA “tries to rewrite its history in the lead-water debacle,” and unfortunately, some in Congress believe the Orwellian storyline.
The fact of the matter is that the Federal government “aided, abetted and emboldened” criminal actions by their counterparts at the State of Michigan, who were failing to follow federal corrosion control laws, even after a Flint mother and an EPA employee exposed this dangerous oversight. The failure to follow the law, is the likely cause for hundreds of millions in damage to Flint’s water infrastructure, one of the worst outbreaks of Legionnaires disease in U.S. history (resulting in 12 deaths), and elevation of blood lead in Flint’s children.
While it is true that other towns and cities in America have problems with their water pipe infrastructure, in no other case were their problems perpetuated by the U.S. EPA, nor are they trying to dig out of a resulting public health, fiscal and infrastructure debacle.
Congress needs to carefully re-consider the factual basis, for their moral argument, that they do not bear some financial responsibility for EPA’s failings.
Primary Author: Dr. Marc Edwards