FLINT, MI — After bullying the city into a long-term 30-year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority, Federal and especially State authorities resorted to its old Playbook: deny, diminish, and even declare the Flint Water Crisis never really happened. The state (particularly the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality) has shut down water distribution sites, and spent millions and millions of dollars of taxpayer’s money in court to dispose of claims to compensate for damages to the people of Flint. The state even tried to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. So-called “experts” have declared the children of Flint were not poisoned.
This outrageous assertion was even published in an op-ed article in the New York Times. Meanwhile the people of Flint got some encouraging news when Michigan Department of Health and Human Services chief Nick Lyon was bound over to trial for involuntary manslaughter related to the Legionella deaths in Flint. He allegedly quipped in a meeting about the Legionella that “everybody got to die of something.”
We gasped, we hollered, and we cried after District Court Judge Goggins gave a full 2 and1/2 hour presentation binding him over. Lyon will face additional charges in connection with one of the largest outbreaks of Legionella in recorded history related to the Flint water crisis. Incredibly he is still on his job.