May 02, 2018

Flint Turns to EPA Over Drinking Water Meeting Cancellation

Mayor Karen Weaver has appealed to the EPA over a drinking water meeting cancelled by the Snyder administration

Flint addresses EPA over drinking water meeting cancellation

Flint, Mich., Mayor Karen Weaver sent a letter to U.S. EPA Region 5 Director Chris Korleski over the cancellation of the last Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee meeting by the administration of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. The Snyder administration claims the meeting was canceled on the advice of legal counsel because Weaver had made clear Flint was considering suing the state, according to The Detroit News

However, in Weaver’s appeal to the EPA she made clear she views the state as intervening in the rights and protections for the water quality of the citizens of Flint.

“We can’t just move on,” Weaver said in a statement. “Not when the medical community and environmental experts tell us we still need to be on filtered water because of the ongoing work to replace all of the lead-tainted pipes.” 

“It was the cancellation of one meeting date, not plural,” Snyder Spokeswoman Anna Heaton said in response to Weaver’s remarks.

Recently, the city of Flint has been shaken when Gov. Snyder ended state-funded bottled water distributions. Weaver has met with Gov. Snyder and requested the bottled water distributions be restored until the city completes lead service line replacement, a massive project with an expected completion date of 2020. Weaver argued the lead service line replacement disturbs lead particles on the pipes and contaminates drinking water. Gov. Snyder denied the request.