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Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 27 January 2016

A lot of attention has fallen on the water crisis taking place up north in Flint, Michigan. Back in 2014, the state government, headed by Governor Rick Snyder, switched the municipality’s water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River, putting economic ideology over pressing environmental concerns over whether the new sources water was fit for human consumption. Less than two years later, the concerns of environmentalists proved well founded, with Virginia Tech researchers finding that water to be highly corrosive, which in turn polluted the water with lead from the city’s water pipes. Now facing a class-action lawsuit, Snyder is on the defensive.

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