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Sanders Calls on Michigan Governor to Resign Over Flint Lead-Poisoning Crisis

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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday called on Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to resign for his administration’s failure to deal with a lead-poisoning crisis that has sickened thousands of children in Flint, Michigan.

“There are no excuses. The governor long ago knew about the lead in Flint’s water. He did nothing. As a result, hundreds of children were poisoned. Thousands may have been exposed to potential brain damage from lead. Gov. Snyder should resign,” Sanders said.

Problems with Flint’s public water system date to a decision nearly two years ago by a receiver, appointed by the governor, who decided to cut costs by drawing the city’s drinking water from the polluted Flint River instead of from Lake Huron.

The governor and other state officials knew – but did not acknowledge until last fall – that the river water was corroding pipes and causing lead to leach into the drinking water. The decision not to add chemicals to prevent corrosion of the pipes was made at the direction of the governor’s Department of Environmental Quality. The state health department in Michigan apparently knew about elevated lead levels in the blood of children but did not warn the public.

“Because of the conduct by Gov. Snyder’s administration and his refusal to take responsibility, families will suffer from lead poisoning for the rest of their lives. Children in Flint will be plagued with brain damage and other health problems. The people of Flint deserve more than an apology,” Sanders said.

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2 Comments

  1. Jon Barber

    Thank you! Thank you!

    I’m from Michigan and you can’t fathom the anger I have long had about the Flint water crisis. Snyder should resign and as Michael Moore’s petition desires, he should be prosecuted among others involved.

    As a long time Bernie fan, I absolutely welcome his weighing in on the issue. Once again, Hillary Clinton is silent on something of grave importance. I hope the subject is touched on in the debate on Sunday.

    He could mention another man-made disaster going on currently in Southern California, the big methane leak that forced the evacuation of a gated community. It may be months before they are allowed to return to live.

    GOP led government austerity measures and an undemocratic Emergency Manager law in Michigan was the root to Flint’s problem and corporate incompetence for California. Both causes are something Bernie Sanders fully understands.

  2. Brendan

    What a disgusting man in power. Resign, and put up on charges.