Flint, Michigan Water Crisis Essay
In Flint, Michigan there was a water contamination problem. Flint is a majority black city where 40 percent of people live in poverty. The water crisis started in April 2014, after Flint changed its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water to the Flint River. After that, people started complaining about the quality of the water. City and state officials failed to see that there was a serious problem for months. (http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/20/465545378/lead-laced-water-in-flint-a-step-by-step-look-at-the-makings-of-a-crisis). People in Flint, have been drinking and bathing in water that has enough lead to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of “toxic waste.” The water has created a serious public health danger. This has allowed polluters to take advantage of communities of color because of weak environmental regulations. Flint’s water crisis has no support other than the minorities in the community (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/racist-roots-of-flints-water-crisis_us_56b12953e4b04f9b57d7b118).
The Local Financial Stability and Choice Act—act 436 of 2012 was a Michigan Legislature act to safeguard and assure the financial accountability. States can take over cities by handing authority to an Emergency Manager. Severe cuts and state funding have helped push the people in Flint into financial distress. Dayne Walling was a former mayor of Flint tried to reach…