New research releases horrific findings about Flint water
FLINT, MI — A new study done by assistant professors David Slutsky at Kansas University and Daniel Grossman at Virginia University released a shocking report. Study and data from 2008 – 2015, found that after April 2014 when the Flint water source was switched to the toxic Flint River, miscarriages rose 58%! Furthermore, birth rates decreased by 12% (i.e., moms who drank the water could not get pregnant). More research is being done to substantiate the findings. Nonetheless, here is yet another layer of the depth and breadth of the living Hell known as the Flint Water Crisis!
Meanwhile, preliminary hearings have begun here in Flint District Court. Involuntary manslaughter charges have been filed against current Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, (who is STILL on his job), among others. The charges are related to the Legionella outbreak in 2014, which Lyon had knowledge of and refused to make public. Ninety-two people contracted the disease and at least 12 died.
In another development, Virginia Tech scientist Marc Edwards, who was instrumental in uncovering the Flint Water Crisis, now declares that the Water Crisis is over. Sadly, due to the credibility he amassed from uncovering the rampant lead levels in Flint, he now is feeding a dangerous narrative spreading like wildfire around the country that the Flint Water Crisis is over! Over?! Really?! Just use a water filter, he claims.
Tell that to the hundreds and hundreds of Flint residents showing up in the emergency room and doctors offices with rashes! Tell that to the scores of residents who continue to have mysterious and chronic health challenges as a consequence of the poisonous water. Tell Little Miss Flint who broke out in a rash from staying in the shower too long as the Genesee County Medical Society issued a public service announcement warning infants, people with compromised immune systems, and the elderly, to continue to use bottled water—not filters. Tell scores of residents whose water continues to smell like chlorine or rotten eggs and more.
Recently named the poorest city in the nation, along with the highest water rates in the nation, Flint is the poster child for everything wrong with this system. Yet we will not be deterred. The struggle continues . . .