Washington, D.C.—Following an escalating public health crisis in Flint, Michigan brought on by contaminated drinking water, the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch today delivered more than 27,000 petitions to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services calling on the agency to declare a public health emergency to bring relief to Flint residents.
“The situation in Flint is a human rights violation,” said Food & Water Watch Senior Organizer Lynna Kaucheck. “It’s absolutely abominable that in the 21st Century in the United States, people don’t have access to safe water. The Snyder administration is clearly incapable of providing this basic service to Flint, and is responsible for this man-made public health crisis, so we’re calling on the Obama administration to step in and declare a public health emergency.”
This week it was reported that there were 87 cases of Legionnaires' disease in Genesee County from June 2014 to November 2015, 10 of which resulted in death. According to a national water quality expert, it’s possible that improper treatment of the river’s water is responsible for the outbreak. To date, 100,000 people living in Flint remain without access to safe, clean, affordable water.
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Contact: Kate Fried, Food & Water Watch, (202) 683-4905, [email protected]