Flint water crisis

June 19, 2017

Top State Health Official Criminally Charged in Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

This past week, Michigan’s Attorney General criminally charged the state’s top health official, and four other officials, with involuntary manslaughter for their roles in the Flint water crisis.  Nick Lyon, Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, reportedly failed to report an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that contributed to the death of […]
April 27, 2017

Pew Research Issues New Study on Flint Water Crisis

Just Google the term “Flint Water Crisis” and you’ll generate 1.6 million hits.  It’s a story that has gripped the Nation since it first unfolded in 2015.  News spread like wildfire over social media and the mainstream news, and government officials who responded too slow quickly became overtaken by the story. Even before the water […]
January 2, 2017

E&W's Michael Curley Has an Economical Solution for Replacing America's Lead Pipes

Flint Redux Reposted From The Huffington Post The people of Flint and the thousands of other cities who have water contaminated by lead are between a rock and a hard place. For some, there is the short-term solution of adding chemicals to the water that will retard the lead corrosion. But the long-term solution is […]
December 20, 2016

Four More Criminally Charged in Flint Water Crisis, Including Flint's Public Utilities Director

Four more state and City employees were criminally indicted today in the ongoing criminal investigation into the Flint, Michigan drinking water crisis.  The fall-out will continue to reverberate across the country.  This from CNN: CNN Report Four officials in charge of Flint’s water, including two who reported directly to Governor Rick Snyder, have been named […]
September 6, 2016

The Compliance Dilemma of Failing Public Water Systems

Encouraging Greater Compliance Requires a Change in the Status Quo Reprinted from Journal AWWA, September 2016, Law & Water Opinion Author:  Brent Fewell In the March 2016 issue of Journal AWWA, I wrote “The Failure of Cooperative Federalism in Flint, Michigan,” a Law & Water column that reflected on the important role of the US […]
July 29, 2016

Six More Public Officials Criminally Charged in the Flint Water Crisis

CNN is reporting that the Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette, has charged six state employees with criminal wrongdoing.  According to CNN, Six current and former Michigan employees were charged Friday in a widening criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis, state Attorney General Bill Schuette said. Additional charges could be forthcoming. Prosecutors said the state […]
April 20, 2016

Criminal Charges to be Filed Against State and Local Officials in Flint Water Crisis

According to NBC News As many as three Michigan officials will face criminal charges Wednesday in connection with lead contamination in Flint’s municipal water system, multiple government sources said Tuesday. The sources told NBC News and NBC station WDIV of Detroit that state Attorney General Bill Schuette will announce criminal charges against two employees of […]
March 18, 2016

AWWA's David LaFrance's Advocates Bold New Steps Needed to Get the Lead Out

By David LaFrance CEO, American Water Works Association If there is one lesson to be learned from the Flint crisis, it is this: Our communities will be safer in the long run with no lead pipes in the ground. That’s why the board of the American Water Works Association – recognizing our first core principle […]
March 5, 2016

The Failure of Cooperative Federalism in Flint, Michigan

The Failure of Cooperative Federalism in Flint, Michigan By now, most everyone has been following the public health crisis that has unfolded in the community of Flint, Mich. For over a year now, the citizens of Flint have been drinking water with significantly elevated lead levels, raising serious concerns about the impacts of lead exposure […]