An outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease that has sickened dozens of people in Flint, Mich., is likely tied to the city’s heavily contaminated tap water, which prompted President Obama last week to declare a state of emergency and Michigan governor Rick Snyder to seek federal relief. Flint’s water problems undoubtedly constitute one of the biggest failures of regulatory oversight and political penny pinching in decades. It started in April 2014 when the municipal officials switched the city’s water supply from Lake Huron to the heavily contaminated Flint River strictly as a cost-cutting measure. For nearly two years, the people of Flint ... Read More
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