Gov. Snyder asks Obama for federal aid in Flint water crisis

by AP  |  published on January 16, 2016

The state of Michigan can’t meet all the needs of Flint residents whose water system has been contaminated by lead, Gov. Rick Snyder said in a request for a federal disaster declaration and millions of dollars that could pay for clean water, filters and other essentials.

Snyder’s letter to President Barack Obama paints a bleak picture of the troubled city, describing Flint as an “impoverished area” that has been overwhelmed by the release of lead from old pipes — the result of using the Flint River as the city’s drinking water for 18 months.

“Mistrust in government is at a heightened level,” Snyder, a Republican, said in a request dated Thursday and released to The Associated Press.

  • Wolfman

    All I know is in the three Municipal water source changes I have been through in my career …everyone of them involved an analysis of the chemical differences between the various sources and what it would take to treat and/or blend the various sources of water correctly to not create negative chemical reactions in all variables including corrosivity and production of carcinogens. The Engineering Company that advised that this new water source was compatible with Flint’s watersystem should be held liable for all damages and costs needed to correct the issue. Why does everyone automatically think that the Feds./ Gov’t. need to ‘ fix’ things. I’m sure that during this Permitting Process the EPA or at the minimum the State version of the EPA , along with the Corps of Engineerrs ( Navigable waters and all that) was involved in this mess and obviously noticed nothing!! So how can they fix what they never noticed ( it is common knowledge in this field that all water source changes need to be investigated for compatibility with distribution systems…. the real question is… Why did this Happen?? Not …If it would happen???
    Also, I thought all Municipalities that had lead components in their water systems were supposed to develop replacement programs for them a long time ago???

    • I Seigel

      This is the same Rick Snyder who is trying to “pull a Walker” and destroy the Unions, and who has no use for Obamacare and the government in Washington? This is another hypocrite who badmouths the Feds until he needs them. Shades of Christie!!

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