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New Subpoenas in Flint: Justice Demands Accountability

Statement by Mary Grant, Public Water for All Director at Food & Water Watch

WASHINGTON - “This new development leaves us with a lot of questions. First, how was this evidence sitting in a basement of the state building after being subpoenaed? Who left this evidence in the dark and why?

“The people of Flint deserve answers. Hopefully this investigation will yield them. And there needs to be accountability for those involved in creating this crisis, including former Governor Snyder.

“The Flint water crisis started when Snyder took local control away from Flint’s leaders and put the city under financial management. An emergency manager appointed by Snyder five years ago made the disastrous decision to switch Flint’s water supply to a polluted river without proper treatment, leading to bacterial and lead contamination that will leave a lasting legacy to Flint’s people, particularly its children.

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“The timeline of events leading to the Flint water crisis shows that the Snyder administration knew more about the crisis than it initially disclosed to the public. Yet Snyder has not faced any consequences for his decisions that resulted in the crisis.

“We hope this investigation finally yields accountability and justice for Flint.”

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