Contaminated Drinking Water In Las Vegas?
Headlines like this may be scary and may seem unreal to us in Las Vegas, but for the people of Flint Michigan, this is their reality.
How did Flint end up with contaminated drinking water, and who is to blame? Different parties and departments are blaming each other at this point and now there is an official FBI investigation.
How did the city of Flint Michigan end up with contaminated drinking water? Flint, like many cities that were impacted by the decline of the auto industry, faced serious budget shortages and were forced to try and save money at all costs. One of these savings was in how the city received their water (previous to 2011 Flint paid the city of Detroit for their water supply). During 2011, in a state of financial emergency ,the industrial town’s drinking water was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River. This was temporary and there was a plan in place to have a new state-run supply line installed to run from Lake Huron to Flint. This was an anticipated two year project.
Who is to blame? Its official, the blame game has started. CNN interviewed residents, the former mayor, the current mayor, Congressman Kildee, city workers. Each felt that the blame fell upon the governor’s office and the state Department of Environmental Quality for what happened to Flint. Governor Rick Snyder later apologized during a recent news conference. A state-appointed task force’s preliminarily findings reported that fault lies with the former state DEQ director Dan Wyant, he stepped down on December 29th.
Who is financially responsible? A class action law suit was filed with the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan on November 13, 2015 against the former governor and state officials by the residents of Flint Michigan. Time will tell how many local and state agencies will end up being held financially responsible. Former mayor Welling said it best when he stated “In retrospect, I regret all of it, all the way back to seeing the city move to a different drinking water source. You can’t put a dollar amount on the devastation to our community, our kids, and it was completely avoidable.”
What happened in Flint, Michigan could happen in any town or city in America, even Las Vegas. State and local officials are constantly making decisions that impact each and every one of us on a daily basis, sometimes without our knowledge. It is your duty and right as an American citizen to be involved, and know what is happening on a state and local level. Knowledge is power and knowing what big government is doing is the only way to protect you and your family. If you or someone you know feels that they have had their civil rights violated, then contact the law firm of Lagomarsino Law. 702-383-2864