Cities, States Using Bad Protocols to Fake Tests for Lead in Water

It appears that what happened in Flint, Michigan may only be the tip of the iceberg. The Guardian reports that a great many documents show that cities and even states around the country are using bad protocols when testing for lead contamination in drinking water supplies in order to make the levels appear lower than they actually are. This is rather disturbing news. … [Read more...]

New Emails Make Flint Scandal Even Worse

The Snyder administration here in Michigan was forced to release a bunch of emails related to the poisoning of Flint's water supply and they make the situation even worse. It turns out that his administration knew about the water problem several months earlier than we previously knew and they belittled, even mocked, the complaints from local residents and officials. … [Read more...]

Snyder Lies About Responsibility for Flint Water Poisoning

The Center for Michigan is a non-profit news organization that does excellent work, especially with their "truth squad" that operates like the factcheck sites for the state. They debunk the claim from Gov. Rick Snyder and other Republicans that the decision to switch sources for the city's drinking water was made by Flint officials. In fact, they could not possibly have made that decision. … [Read more...]

A Fox News Guest’s Bizarre Take on the Flint Water Story

Fox News decided to do a segment looking at the appalling situation in Flint, Michigan, where the city's drinking water is now loaded with lead because the state government decided to switch the water supply to a highly polluted river. What resulted is one of the weirdest, most rambling takes on the situation you can imagine. See if you can make any sense of this at all: … [Read more...]

Muslim Group Donates 30,000 Bottles of Water in Flint

Showing just how devious and cunning those Muslims can be, a Muslim group in Dearborn, Michigan has donated 30,000 bottles of water to the people of Flint, where the state-appointed emergency manager managed to poison thousands of people by switching the water supply to one with a high lead content in order to save a few million dollars. … [Read more...]

Snyder: Clinton is ‘Politicizing’ the Tragedy in Flint

You almost gotta hand it to Gov. Rick Snyder. The guy has some serious chutzpah. After allowing residents of Flint to drink water poisoned with lead for months and months after he knew about it, he's now blaming his critics, Hillary Clinton in particular, for "politicizing" the situation. It's just such a generic, meaningless response, as if that just dismisses any criticism of him. … [Read more...]

Sanders Calls for Gov. Snyder’s Resignation

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is publicly calling on Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan to resign in the wake of a growing scandal over the poisoning of tens of thousands of people in Flint with lead from a bad drinking water source. That almost certainly isn't going to happen, but Sanders is right that it should. Snyder knew about it many months before taking action. … [Read more...]

EPA Knew About Flint Water Problems Too

The story of lead-poisoned drinking water in Flint gets worse by the day. We already know from documents gotten through Freedom of Information Act requests that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Gov. Rick Snyder himself knew about the problem months before doing anything about it. Now documents reveal that the EPA knew about it too, and did nothing. … [Read more...]

Western Voters Reject Bundy Ideas on Public Lands

The underlying dispute both at the Cliven Bundy ranch a couple years ago and the Oregon wildlife refuge standoff going on today is over whether the federal government can or should own large tracts of land that they hold in the public trust as national parks, wildlife refuges and the like. The feds own a lot of property in the West for those purposes. And the voters there like it that way: … [Read more...]

What My State Government Did to the People of Flint

I haven't written anything yet about the appalling story of what happened with the water supply in Flint, Michigan, so I'm glad to see that Dave Gorski has a comprehensive post about the whole situation -- the causes, the effects, the horrifying incompetence and apathy of state officials who have done extraordinary damage to the children of that city by exposing them to lead poisoning to save a few million dollars. … [Read more...]

Erik Rush: Obama, Genocide, Environmentalism….*snore*

Erik Rush, the brain-addled wingnut who thinks America suffers from an excess of "negrophilia" (he's black, by the way, making that all the weirder) and that Obama tried to drop nuclear weapons on Charleston, South Carolina, has his usual stream-of-consciousness screed at the Worldnetdaily. Something something Obama, something something global warming, something something genocide....whatever. … [Read more...]

Senate Votes to Nullify EPA’s Clean Water Rules

The EPA has begun to implement a new set of rules under the Clean Water Act. It's called the Waters of the United States Rule and it protects millions of miles of streams and rivers from pollution. Predictably, the Republicans are trying to tear down that rule at the behest of their corporate paymasters and the Senate on Thursday passed a bill to nullify the EPA's actions. … [Read more...]