Rachel Maddow and panel discuss the contributing factors that led to Flint, Michigan’s water crisis, and what state and federal authorities must do to help the city’s residents.
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Mother, Water Warrior LeeAnne Walters will go over the EPA TIMELINE of events regarding her experience with the Flint Water Crisis.
Interim Report on High Lead Levels in Flint Michigan
Timeline of Events
1. June 2011
a. The Walters’ home was renovated in 2011 and had no plumbing when purchased. Plastic water pipes and plumbing components were installed by the Walters throughout the home. The Walters family moved into the home at 212 Browning Avenue in June 2011.
b. A whole-home iron filter installed for aesthetic reasons. The iron filter cartridge was changed every 6 months during the time when Flint purchased finished water from Detroit. Subsequent to the switch to the Flint River source on April 30, 2014, the filter was required to be changed every 2-3 weeks and eventually required replacement every 6-14 days due to much higher iron levels.
c. Tap water treated by the refrigerator filter was consumed in the household from April 2014 through late November/early December 2014. The filters used were not NSF certified to remove lead.
2. October 2012
a. The Walters had their twin boys’ blood lead levels (BLLs) tested and the result for each child was 2 ug/dL.
3. April 30, 2014
a. The City of Flint switches from purchased Detroit water to treating raw water from the Flint River.
b. Michigan Department of Environment Quality requires City of Flint to conduct two six-month rounds of monitoring for lead and copper (July-December 2014 and January-June 2015).
4. August 2014
a. The City of Flint Violates the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for E. Coli bacteria (Acute Coliform MCL violation)
11:45 13,200 ppb lead coming into home, hazardous waste is considered 5,000ppb
56:18 Petition To:
Representative Dan Kildee
Gina McCarthy Administor EPA
Children Poisoned by Loopholes in EPA’s Lead-in-water Testing, Are Your Children Next? https://www.change.org/p/gina-mccarth…
‘We were paying to poison our kids’: Flint water and children
When Lee-Anne Walters learned in March that her son’s immune system was compromised after being exposed to lead in the city of Flint’s water supply, she did what any parent would likely do: break down and cry.
“Shocked, angry … I was hysterical,” Walters told the Guardian. Barely able to speak, the 37-year-old called her friend Melissa Mays.
“I just couldn’t believe that we were paying to poison our kids,” Walters said.
A spate of kids are experiencing elevated blood-lead levels in Flint, and some drinking water lead levels are so high they are defined as hazardous waste, according to several local studies.
Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller. Filmed over 211 days in nine countries and five continents over four years, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.
Directed by Avi Lewis, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.
Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.
What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced “alarming levels” of radiation after water contaminated with radioactive tritium leaked from the Indian Point nuclear power plant. At one monitoring well, the radiation had spiked 65,000 percent. The plant’s owner, Entergy Corporation, has said the groundwater contamination at the plant does not pose a threat to the public. Environmentalists have long called for the closure of Indian Point, citing aging infrastructure and a history of operational issues.
Two boats bound for Greece have capsized off the coast of Turkey, killing at least 33 people, including a number of children. More than 400 people have been killed trying to reach Europe so far this year amid the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. This comes as up to 35,000 Syrians have massed along the Turkish border amid intensified airstrikes and fighting around the Syrian city of Aleppo. Turkey has kept the border closed for a fourth day today. The refugees are said to be sleeping in open fields in the cold.
Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have taken up the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. During a visit to Flint over the weekend, Clinton called the poisoning of Flint’s water “immoral.” Sanders called it a “humanitarian crisis.” The state of Michigan meanwhile has fired the head of the Department of Environmental Quality’s drinking water unit over the contamination. Liane Shekter Smith is the only state employee fired over the crisis to date. The lead poisoning in Flint’s water began after an unelected emergency manager appointed by Governor Rick Snyder switched Flint’s water supply to the corrosive Flint River. Governor Snyder has faced increasing calls to resign.
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