Andrew Sullivan used to title posts like this one “from the annals of chutzpah.” Gov. Snyder’s administration has asked a court not to make them keep sending bottled water to people in Flint who don’t have filters to get the lead out of their water because it’s an “unnecessary burden.”
A federal court order requiring Michigan and Flint to deliver bottled water to all city residents without a verified filter at their home places is unnecessary and places an “insurmountable” burden on state government, the Snyder administration argued in a motion seeking relief.
Snyder officials argued the court order would require a “Herculean effort” equivalent to a large-scale military operation and cost the state at least $10.45 million a month, or $125 million annually. For about a year, Flint’s residents have been advised against drinking their tap water without a filter due to dangerously high lead levels.Attorneys for Michigan Treasurer Nick Khouri and the Flint Receivership Transition Advisory Board on Thursday asked U.S. Circuit Judge David M. Lawson to “stay” his order from last week while the state prepares an appeal.
In a 37-page opinion, Lawson ordered home delivery of four cases of water per resident each week unless state and city officials can verify each resident has a properly installed and maintained faucet water filter. The delivery order “increases the scope of the State’s emergency response to an unnecessary and insurmountable degree, particularly in light of the injunction’s time constraints,” attorneys wrote.
Excuse me while I bang my head against the wall for a minute….
Okay, I’m back. And that hurt. This takes balls the size of the fucking moon. The only reason Flint’s water is loaded with lead is because the emergency manager appointed by Snyder to run the city wanted to save a few bucks by switching to an alternate water source. You broke it, you fix it. And until you fix it, you damn well better make sure everyone there has as much clean, unpoisoned water that they could possibly need.