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Michigan officials to hold hearing on Flint water crisis and human rights
 
Thursday, April 21, 2016
by Martin Barillas
 
The Michigan Civil Rights Commission will hold a public hearing on the Flint water crisis next week. The hearing will be held on April 28 at the Riverfront Banquet Center in Flint.
 
The commission is giving priority to testimony from Flint residents. 
 
A statement released by the commission declared: "The public comment period will be followed by a panel of representatives from various State of Michigan agencies. Invitations will be extended to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, the Department of Talent and Economic Development, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and others to appear."
 
Flint's citizens have been outspoken from the outset about the quality of their drinking water that, because of government mismanagement, was contaminated with toxic levels of lead. Citizen activists were relentless in their complaints since the city switched from sourcing its drinking water from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Their complaints about discolored and malodorous water, as well as other concerns, were largely dismissed by government officials at the local, state and federal levels.
 
Several lawsuits, and now a criminal investigation, are ongoing. Two officials of Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality have been charged in what has been billed as Michigan's worst environmental disaster, as well as the local water system manager. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette promises other individuals will also be charged.
 
For information on the event, call Shawn Sanford at 313-386-3843



Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.


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