Barack Obama’s EPA should bare some responsibility for this. This problem is nationwide.
“There’s real danger that the injury is going to be permanent and lifelong in them,” Dr. Philip Landrigan, Dean of Global Health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, said of the residents exposed to the water crisis in Flint.
“The problem here is, no level of lead is safe,” Landrigan says. “Even low levels of lead — especially if exposure to low levels continues over many months — is going to cause some degree of brain damage to at least some of the children who have been exposed — that’s a big deal. Exposed children are at risk for a number of problems, including lower IQ scores, developmental delays, and behavioral issues such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Even after lead exposure stops, the effects can last for years or even be permanent.”
For the rest of their lives, the residents of Flint will watch their health deteriorate over time, and they will know exactly who is responsible — but will have no course of action to right their wrongs.
In any other instance in which an individual or group of individuals is harmed by another person or group, those individuals could seek damages. However, thanks to what is called the doctrine of sovereign immunity in the United States, the government cannot be sued unless it has waived its immunity or consented to the suit.
Because of this immoral immunity, according to Shikha Dalmia at The Week, some activist lawyers in Michigan have come up with a creative constitutional argument to try and surmount the sovereign immunity hurdle. They have filed a class action lawsuit on the grounds that the government failed to provide Flint residents with equal protection under the 14th Amendment […]
The bureaucrats knew. They all knew:
Fresh bottled water placed in a state building in Flint beginning in January 2015 was for employees and visitors, as concerns about the city’s water quality were rising but before lead was discovered in it, a spokesman for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday.
Spokesman Dave Murray said he didn’t know if workers promoted that it was available, but no signs prohibited the public from drinking water from the coolers. One water cooler was placed on each floor and next to public drinking fountains in the building that includes the Department of Health and Human Services, he said.
Murray also says the water was provided until the summer, and then returned in October after a public health emergency was declared. Another state spokesman had said earlier it was provided continuously in the building.
Progress Michigan, a liberal group critical of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, released state emails Thursday describing how water was being provided to the building.
“I had no knowledge of that taking place,” Snyder said Friday.
The water coolers were introduced after Flint officials warned residents about elevated levels of a disinfection byproduct called trihalomethane in the city’s water. Flint notified water customers at the time that it was in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act because of those levels and cautioned the elderly, infants and people with compromised immune systems.….
Happening across the United States, this is clearly a dereliction of duty(ies).
What are the odds of that this is nationwide government experiment?
Is Barack Obama losing his touch or is the mainstream media finally doing their jobs?
As the Environmental Protection Agency was attempting to conjure support for a controversial water rule pushed by President Obama, they violated federal law by using “covert propaganda” from their use of social media accounts, according to the New York Times.
The Times reports:
The ruling by the Government Accountability Office, which opened its investigation after a report in The New York Times on the agency’s practices, served as a cautionary tale to federal agencies about the perils of getting too active in using social media to push a cause. Federal laws prohibit agencies from engaging in lobbying and propaganda.
It also emerged as Republican leaders moved to block the so-called Waters of the United States clean-water rule through an amendment to the enormous spending bill expected to pass in Congress this week[…]
Hundreds of Democrats from 32 states are aligning against the centerpiece of President Obama’s climate change agenda, the Clean Power Plan, which they say will cause unnecessary economic harm from increased reliance on renewable energy.
“As Democrats committed to a prosperous America and a healthy environment, we believe the United States has a unique opportunity to lead the world in addressing the global climate challenge, and yet do so, as we must, without unduly burdening the American economy or the American people,” the Democratic coalition called CoalBlue said in a letter sent Tuesday to Obama….
Timing is everything; 278 local elected officials, 626 bureaucrats on a local and state level, 177 state legislators, and 148 Democratic Party officials are sending a message emanating across the county tells us that Progressives are not as confident about the upcoming elections as they would have us believe.
Earlier this year I wrote a post about the federal government spending $700,000 of taxpayer money on a musical about climate change entitled “The Great Immensity.”
Well the show went on and as expected, it was a dismal failure so much so that the curtain on the disaster is being pulled ahead of time.
‘The play, which featured songs and video exploring Americans’ relationships to the environment, opened in New York in April with a three-week run before going on a national tour that was supposed to attract 75,000 patrons,’ FoxNews.com reported. ‘But it stalled after a single production in Kansas City, falling short of the lofty goals outlined in a grant proposal….’
For starters, what were they thinking to use taxpayer dollars on such a failure? Oh, my bad, throwing taxpayer money at promised failures is business as usual for the Obama administration.
When Andy and Katie Johnson built a pond on their property in 2011 to provide water for their cattle, they never dreamed it would result in threats of $75,000 a day in fines from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Johnsons believed they had done everything necessary to get permission for the pond, where the tiny Six Mile Creek runs through their property south of Fort Bridger, Wyo. The Wyoming State Engineer’s Office provided the permit and even stated in an April 4, 2013 letter to the Johnsons: “All of the legal requirements of the State Engineer’s Office, that were your responsibility, have been satisfied for the Johnson Stock Reservoir.”
The EPA saw it differently — and sent the Johnsons a Jan. 30 notice informing them they had violated the Clean Water Act, which could carry thousands of dollars in fines. …
Published on May 19, 2014 by Mass Tea Party
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A $75,000 a day fine sounds like another federal government money grab, power grab and land grab to me.