866 Times the Legal Limit for Lead in Some Flint Households result from Cost-Cutting

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Article courtesy of James Boyce | Jan 26, 2016 | ineteconomics | Shared as educational material

Flint has the second highest poverty rate in the United States and a population over 50% black. It had lead in its water supply up to 866 times the legal limit. Some households had so much contamination that the United States Environmental Protection Agency classified the water as toxic waste. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appointed an emergency manager with the power to override the city’s elected officials. The switch in water supply to Flint River water was a cost-cutting measure. The emergency manager switched Flint’s water source to the Flint River in 2014. Officials ended adding chemicals to treat the water for corrosion even though the water system had old lead pipes. The indifference to the health risks in Flint could be indicative or larger economic inequalities. Read more here: https://www.ineteconomics.org/perspectives/blog/let-them-drink-pollution

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