Flint water crisis

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Jarring Flint Quote: 'People Have to Die of Something'

Scientist quotes former state health chief as saying that in 2016, though Nick Lyon denies it

(Newser) - Last week, the PBS program Frontline delivered a wrenching quote related to the Flint water crisis . "It's not safe. We're not ready. People are gonna die." The words were from a water plant foreman in 2014, just as the city began using the Flint River as... More »

Foreman at Flint Water Plant Warned 'People Are Gonna Die'

Matt McFarland's alarm is reported in upcoming PBS documentary

(Newser) - The warning is about as stark as it gets: “It’s not safe. We’re not ready. People are gonna die." The words were from Matt McFarland, who worked as a foreman at the water plant in Flint, Michigan, in 2014—just before the city began using the... More »

City Official Blames 'Mother Nature' for New Flint Mess

2M gallons of raw sewage spill into Flint River

(Newser) - Flint is still contending with its long-standing water issues , and now there's a new mess in the beleaguered Michigan city. MLive.com reports that "months after dire warnings" of reaching a "critical point," 2 million gallons of raw sewage ended up in the Flint River Sunday,... More »

'Stunning' Reversal in Flint Water Crisis

Prosecutors drop charges, vow fresh probe

(Newser) - Prosecutors dropped all criminal charges Thursday against eight people in the Flint water crisis and pledged to start from scratch the investigation into one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in US history. The stunning decision comes more than three years—and millions of dollars—after authorities began examining the... More »

Felony Charges Dropped in Flint Water Case

2 regulators take plea deals

(Newser) - Two Michigan environmental regulators implicated in the Flint water scandal pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor Wednesday in exchange for more serious charges being dropped, bringing to six the number of officials who have agreed to such deals. Stephen Busch pleaded no contest to disturbing a public meeting, and Michael... More »

Flint Thanks Elon Musk for a Promise Kept

Donation will pay for water filtration systems at schools

(Newser) - Clean drinking water—it's an underappreciated luxury coming at long last to students in Flint, Mich., thanks to Elon Musk. Following his July vow to assist in the Flint water crisis, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO and the Musk Foundation donated $480,350 to the Flint City School District,... More »

Miss Michigan's Miss America Intro Is Getting Major Props

She used her intro time to call out the ongoing Flint, Michigan, water crisis

(Newser) - Emily Sioma may not have won Sunday night's Miss America pageant , but many commentators believe she had the best introduction of any contestant. "From the state with 84% of the US' fresh water but none for its residents to drink, I am Miss Michigan Emily Sioma," she... More »

Watchdog to EPA: You Need to Do Better After Flint Crisis

Federal watchdog calls on EPA to strengthen its oversight of state drinking water systems

(Newser) - A federal watchdog is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen its oversight of state drinking water systems in the wake of the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan, the AP reports. The EPA's Office of Inspector General says in a report that the agency must take steps now... More »

Elon Musk Promises to Fix Flint Water Contamination

He says anybody who needs a filter will get one

(Newser) - He sent a sports car to space , but can he fix Flint's water crisis? Elon Musk says the answer is yes. In response to a request Wednesday on Twitter, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO promised that he would deal with the scandal in the Michigan city, where the water... More »

Researchers See Grim Toll on Fetuses From Flint Water

'This represents a couple hundred fewer children born'

(Newser) - Two researchers looked into whether tainted water in Flint, Michigan, had any effect on the city's fertility rate, and the resulting data led them to a chilling assessment: "This represents a couple hundred fewer children born that otherwise would have been," says David Slusky of Kansas University... More »

Bruno Mars Donates $1M to Victims of Flint Water Crisis

The pop singer redirected funds from his Auburn Hills show

(Newser) - Bruno Mars said Saturday he is donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to aid those affected by the Flint water crisis, the AP reports. The Grammy-winning star told the audience at his show in Auburn Hills, about 30 miles from Detroit, that he and tour promoter Live Nation are... More »

Manslaughter Charges Filed Over Flint Water Crisis

State health chief, 4 others face involuntary manslaughter charges

(Newser) - Five city and state officials were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter over the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reports. They are Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon—the highest-ranking official to be charged in the water crisis so far, per the Detroit ... More »

Flint Official Steps Down After Calling Residents a Racial Slur

'F---ing n---ers don't pay their bills': foreclosure employee Phil Stair

(Newser) - As thousands of residents in Flint, Mich., are confronted with the possibility of foreclosure due to unpaid water bills—for water that many still can't use, NBC News notes—an official who worked for a county nonprofit that handles foreclosed homes has stepped down after audio emerged of what... More »

Flint to 8K Residents: Pay Water Bill or Lose Your Home

It's been three years since Flint residents have had safe water

(Newser) - Just after the three-year anniversary passed marking the beginning of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan (where it’s still not recommended to drink from an unfiltered tap ), residents protesting their water bills have been told to pay up or ship out. NBC25 News reports that after first posting... More »

Flint Residents May Finally Get Water Deal Tuesday

Judge expected to approve settlement on replacement of lines

(Newser) - Flint residents battling tainted water may finally get some resolution on Tuesday. A federal judge is expected to approve a sweeping settlement that spells out a plan to replace water lines for thousands of homes, reports the AP . Under the deal, Flint would replace at least 18,000 lead or... More »

Flint Residents Iffy About Water Get More Bad News

State ends subsidies in place for a year

(Newser) - Flint residents still worried about their water get an added dose of aggravation starting this month: They have to pay their bills in full. The state has been covering about two-thirds of the cost for about a year now, in the wake of revelations that the tap water was unsafe... More »

Officials: Flint Water Is Safe, Don't Drink It

It could be years before dangerous lead pipes are replaced

(Newser) - The good news: Flint's water is now safe to drink. The bad news: You still shouldn't drink it. That was the message from Michigan officials Tuesday after the Department of Environmental Quality announced lead levels in Flint's water have fallen below the federal limit of 15 parts... More »

Flint Water Crisis to Become TV Movie Starring Cher

Singer will star in, produce Lifetime flick

(Newser) - The Flint, Mich., water crisis will be turned into a Lifetime movie starring ... Cher. The singer will star as a resident of the city whose family struggles with the water poisoning, according to the Hollywood Reporter . The casting move is perhaps not as unexpected as it might seem; a year... More »

6 State Workers in Michigan Charged in Flint Water Crisis

Misconduct in office, willful neglect of duty among the charges

(Newser) - A half-dozen state employees in Michigan are officially in hot water in the ongoing investigation in Flint, Michigan , with the state's attorney general filing charges for their part in the tainted water crisis there, the Detroit News reports. According to testimony in Flint district court Friday morning, three workers... More »

Obama to Flint: 'I've Got Your Back'

He drank the water during visit to city

(Newser) - Sipping filtered city water to show it's again drinkable, President Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Mich., is safe to use. He also promised that the aging pipes that contaminated the water... More »

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