Fine and Hay published in Ms. Magazine Blog

Lead Poisoning is Devastating Flint: It’s Time to Listen to the Women

On Dec. 15, 2015, Flint, Michigan’s newly elected mayor, Karen Weaver, declared a state of emergency in the city as a result of a “manmade disaster.” On Tuesday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) took action and declared the state of emergency in the county where Flint is located.

This all started in April 2014 when appointed officials decided to start drawing Flint’s water supply from the Flint River instead of from the Detroit water system. Treating the water from the Flint River for household use rendered it corrosive, and this caused the leaching of lead into the water supply in homes with old lead pipes. Even though city officials denied that the water was unsafe for months and months, those who came into contact with it daily knew something was wrong.


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