The People of Flint Learn They Have Been Betrayed by "Government-Created Environmental Disaster"

  • By April 2015, the MDEQ admitted to EPA that Flint had no corrosion control treatment and provided what is now known to be inaccurate statements that the City of Flint's sampling protocols for lead and copper monitoring complied with all state and federal requirements.
  • In EPA's Miguel Del Toral's June 2015 interim report regarding High Lead Levels in Flint, he acknowledges the limited information VNA was provided, stating that VNA’s report on March 12, 2015 was "primarily focused on TTHMs control and other operational issues" and was "written prior to the recent discovery of high lead levels in Flint drinking water."
  • By June 2015, Flint Activist Melissa Mays, along with other Flint residents, filed a lawsuit seeking to return to DWSD, alleging that "there is a continuing problem with turbidity, lead, tin, and odorous water."
  • Despite these revelations, the City failed to switch back to DWSD until October 2015.
  • The Governor's Task Force Report issued on March 21, 2016 found that: "The Flint water crisis is a story of government failure, intransigence, unpreparedness, delay, inaction, and environmental injustice. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) failed in its fundamental responsibility to effectively enforce drinking water regulations."
  • On July 19, 2018, the EPA Office of Inspector General Report similarly found that "[t]he circumstances and response to Flint's drinking water contamination involved implementation and oversight lapses at the EPA, the state of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), and the city of Flint.
  • The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has referred to the Flint Water Crisis as the "infamous government-created environmental disaster."