Last Wednesday, five Michigan officials were charged with involuntary manslaughter for their role in the unfolding health crisis in Flint, Michigan — a crisis that has included at least 12 deaths from Legionnaires’ disease, in addition to the possible lead poisoning of a whole population.
These charges are significant, but there are lingering questions as to who else is culpable and why the crisis remains unsolved.
Despite the narrative you often hear, the water crisis in Flint was not discovered by investigative reporters, Virginia Tech researchers, or doctors. The people of Flint were aware that something was wrong from the moment their water was switched over to the Flint river in April 2014. They just couldn’t get anyone to listen.
I have a new article in Eureka Street on the Flint Water crisis. You can read the rest of it here.