On Thursday, more than four years after the water crisis in Flint, Michigan began, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a final report pointing blame right back at the EPA, as well as the state and city.
The drinking water in Flint, Michigan, is doing a lot better these days. Elsewhere in the country, though, lead is still a problem. Especially in our schools.
Tech billionaire Elon Musk has been known to offer help, from donating solar batteries to Puerto Rico to building a tiny ‘submarine’ to rescue that Thai soccer team that was trapped in a cave. (It was never put to use.) The latest disaster to land on Musk’s radar? The water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Michigan won’t be handling water testing in Flint anymore. After assuming that responsibility in 2016, the state is officially handing it back to the city starting in July, according to The Flint Journal/M-Live.
At the height of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, 12 people died. A couple studies earlier this year concluded that the water switch that resulted in lead contamination of the water supply also caused an outbreak of Legionnaires disease. Now, some officials at the state level disagree.
Seems like Michigan learned its lesson on lead exposure after what happened in the city of Flint. The state is on the verge of implementing the nation’s tightest drinking water rules around lead. If all goes smoothly, the state’s new Lead and Copper Rule should be live by the end of the week.
Anyone paying attention knows that the drama around the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is far from over. Comedian Michelle Wolf sure knows. While she took some heat during her White House Correspondents Dinner performance for some of her no-bullshit jokes, most people seemed to miss her call out to Flint at the end.
If residents in Flint, Michigan, need some bottled water, they can’t rely on the state anymore. The city of nearly 100,000 is still reeling—nearly four years later—from a crisis that left residents (and their children) exposed to dangerous levels of lead in their water supply.
ARECIBO, PUERTO RICO—In the six months since Hurricane Maria, 67-year-old Aileen Román Rodríguez has struggled to rebuild, to re-establish her routine, and to regain a sense of security. Her one-story, concrete-walled home in the seaside town of Arecibo remains largely uninhabitable. Up and down Rodríguez’s street,…
Over the weekend, I gave my eight-year-old nephew his first lesson on lead poisoning. He had never heard of the toxic metal, or the ways it can enter the bloodstream and lead to decreased IQ scores in kids and joint pain in adults. I’m sure neither had the children of Flint, Michigan—at least not until a major water…
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has largely been safe from official blame regarding the lead-tainted water crisis in the city of Flint—until now.
In the predominantly black city of Flint, Michigan, 12 people died and at least 87 people got sick between 2014 and 2015—the result of a deadly bacterial outbreak that was suspected to have been triggered by the same water crisis that saw lead leach into the water supply. A pair of studies out this week confirm this…
In 2014, residents in the predominantly black city of Flint, Michigan, were exposed to lead in their drinking water. Now, nearly four years later, a registry finally exists to help the state identify everyone that was exposed, and better provide them access to helpful resources.
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, might feel like forever ago for some. “Isn’t that over?” folks have asked me. The short answer: no. The fear of lead contamination is still palpable in the predominantly black city and, according to a new motion filed in court Wednesday, fixing the problem isn’t going as smoothly…
The Environmental Protection Agency wanted another six years to update its lead-based paint rules. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court was like: Nah. The court gave the agency just 90 days to propose a rule and just a year to finalize it.
Thanksgiving will never be the same for families in Flint, Michigan, the city that made national news in 2015 for its lead-contaminated drinking water. Mae Collins, 50, is no exception. Her annual family tradition has changed drastically since 2014, when city officials switched the city’s drinking water source to the…
In East Chicago, Indiana, lead is seemingly everywhere: in the soil, in the water, even in the dust in people’s homes. That’s because the community is sitting within the USS Lead Superfund site. Nearby, companies used to spew lead and arsenic into the air up until 1985.
You might want to wait on that candy bar. A new study out of California has found that the state’s public health department issued more alerts for lead-contaminated candy than any other food-borne contaminant between 2001 and 2014.
More than three years ago, residents in the small city of Flint, Michigan, began to ask: Why? Why was their water was brown? Why was it making them sick? And, most importantly, why wasn’t the city doing anything about it?