Ten Black Caucus Members to Travel to Flint on #FlintWaterCrisis

Ten Black Caucus Members to Travel to Flint on #FlintWaterCrisis

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On March 4th, ten members of the Congressional Black Caucus will travel to Flint, Michigan because of the crisis over lead in the drinking water.

“We will go there to listen, we are not there to make speeches,” Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) said yesterday to reporters.

A total of twenty members of Congress will be in Flint. On Sunday a group of celebrities are bring attention to the #FlintWaterCrisis while  the Oscars are airing.

Butterfield pointed out to reporters that residents in Flint are paying some of the highest rates for water in the U.S.

This week a study of 500 of the largest water systems in the country revealed that “Flint residents paid about $864 a year for water service, nearly double the national average and about three-and-a-half times as much as Detroiters pay” according to a report in USAToday.

The Flint water crisis happened after Flint changed its water source from Detroit Water to the Flint River to save money. The  Flint River water contains unacceptably high levels of lead.  As a result from decisions from the administration of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, it is estimated that over 10,000 children have been exposed to lead in their drinking water.

 

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Instagram: LVB325.

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  1. This is not correct. The river didn’t contain lead. The river was corrosive, and the MDEQ failed to interpret the EPA lead and copper rule correctly — they needed to add orthophosphates, or “corrosion control”. Without this, the corrosive water strips the lead from lead pipes. This caused the lead poisoning.

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