A Michigan health official has been sentenced to a year’s probation for not telling the public about an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease during the Flint water contamination scandal. Nearly 100 people fell ill during the outbreak and twelve people died.
It has been over 1,000 days since Flint, Michigan switched its drinking water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River, resulting in a public health crisis that has yet to be adequately addressed, residents and experts say.
Michigan’s attorney general has filed charges against four more people involved in the decisions that led to the Flint water crisis, including felony counts with multiple 20-year sentences, citing a fixation on finances and “numbers over people.”
US military veterans who backed Native American tribes in protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through the Standing Rock Sioux water source may be headed to Michigan next, where the city of Flint is still dealing with lead in the water.
The US Environmental Protection Agency should have intervened to protect the people of Flint, Michigan from lead-contaminated water at least seven months sooner, an EPA “alert report” has found. It also urged updates to the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Two years after Flint, Michigan, residents were exposed to unsafe levels of lead contamination in drinking water and an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, local officials report an outbreak of a highly-contagious gastrointestinal illness, shigellosis.