The folks of Flint, MI, have certainly been struggling for a long time—their water system has been contaminated for almost three years now. Fortunately, with the town’s 20-percent match of $20 million, the Environmental Protection Agency has given them $100 million to correct the problem.
Thanks to the Nation Act of 2016’s Water Infrastructure Improvements, Flint’s lead, water pipes will eventually be no more.
[Video: courtesy of CNN]
According to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, this effort is also associated with Team Trump’s mission to correct the US’s water system. “The people of Flint and all Americans deserve a more responsive, federal government,” Pruit stated in a press release. “EPA will especially focus on helping Michigan improve Flint’s water infrastructure as part of our larger goal of improving America’s water infrastructure.”
This is an issue all Michigan, political officials supported, as Flint desperately needed the EPA’s help with their contaminated water. “We are excited and very grateful to receive these much-needed funds,” Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said in a statement. “The City of Flint being awarded a grant of this magnitude in such a critical time of need will be a huge benefit.”
However, Flint’s lead-contaminated-water issues have become a statewide effort, which has been long overdue. It wasn’t as if the EPA suddenly decided to lend a helping hand. During March 2016, a report availed the EPA doesn’t get involved until a crisis reaches a certain point—critical levels. (Way to fail, EPA.) Almost 2,000 residents grew exhausted and impatient when dealing with the negligence—they took the EPA to court.
Citizens rallied and packaged a lawsuit for $722 million in damages, which makes the $100 million a drop in Flint’s proverbial bucket. Additionally, the claim entails the agency dropping the ball in terms of ensuring Flint and Michigan officials were taking proper action.
How many US citizens need to get sick and/or die via water contamination before the proper agencies get involved?