Barack Obama’s EPA should bare some responsibility for this. This problem is nationwide.
“There’s real danger that the injury is going to be permanent and lifelong in them,” Dr. Philip Landrigan, Dean of Global Health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, said of the residents exposed to the water crisis in Flint.
“The problem here is, no level of lead is safe,” Landrigan says. “Even low levels of lead — especially if exposure to low levels continues over many months — is going to cause some degree of brain damage to at least some of the children who have been exposed — that’s a big deal. Exposed children are at risk for a number of problems, including lower IQ scores, developmental delays, and behavioral issues such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Even after lead exposure stops, the effects can last for years or even be permanent.”
For the rest of their lives, the residents of Flint will watch their health deteriorate over time, and they will know exactly who is responsible — but will have no course of action to right their wrongs.
In any other instance in which an individual or group of individuals is harmed by another person or group, those individuals could seek damages. However, thanks to what is called the doctrine of sovereign immunity in the United States, the government cannot be sued unless it has waived its immunity or consented to the suit.
Because of this immoral immunity, according to Shikha Dalmia at The Week, some activist lawyers in Michigan have come up with a creative constitutional argument to try and surmount the sovereign immunity hurdle. They have filed a class action lawsuit on the grounds that the government failed to provide Flint residents with equal protection under the 14th Amendment […]
The bureaucrats knew. They all knew:
Fresh bottled water placed in a state building in Flint beginning in January 2015 was for employees and visitors, as concerns about the city’s water quality were rising but before lead was discovered in it, a spokesman for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday.
Spokesman Dave Murray said he didn’t know if workers promoted that it was available, but no signs prohibited the public from drinking water from the coolers. One water cooler was placed on each floor and next to public drinking fountains in the building that includes the Department of Health and Human Services, he said.
Murray also says the water was provided until the summer, and then returned in October after a public health emergency was declared. Another state spokesman had said earlier it was provided continuously in the building.
Progress Michigan, a liberal group critical of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, released state emails Thursday describing how water was being provided to the building.
“I had no knowledge of that taking place,” Snyder said Friday.
The water coolers were introduced after Flint officials warned residents about elevated levels of a disinfection byproduct called trihalomethane in the city’s water. Flint notified water customers at the time that it was in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act because of those levels and cautioned the elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems.….
Happening across the United States, this is clearly a dereliction of duty(ies).
What are the odds of that this is nationwide government experiment?