EPA Faces Fallout From Flint, Mich., Water Crisis
Posted by $ nickursis 7 years, 4 months ago to Government
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You know, this is almost funny. The EPA has spent huge amounts of money chasing people, suing them taking their land and water rights under all kinds of pretenses, and when it came to doing their basic job: FAIL. We need to explain to these idiots that you do your job first, then worry about all the political missions.... More clear proof as to why we just don't need government...a private company wouldn't waste it's money being this stupid.
I used that symbolically. However, I can't think of another symbol any worse than what Detroit has become. Detroit itself has become the symbol of decay in America
for self-preservation first and service to us, well,
somewhere along the way ... maybe. -- j
One of the reasons that our federal & state governments grow is because anytime something goes wrong people ask why didn't those governments do more to stop it. So then they do. Seems this needs to be handled by the locals. Kick everyone else out.
Even before Flint...hear any more about the Yellow river by epa daily.
Remember the mine they screwed up and it turned the Colorado yellow...no heads rolled by that I noticed.
Flint is not far from where I live and operate my business. Statist politicians have been killing Michigan with their kindness for so long seeing what has become of the state of my birth makes me sick. The other day I was outraged to hear all the talking heads from D.C. The president had the audacity to imply that anyone who was for smaller government was not giving proper appreciation to government... calling this water problem an example of the importance of government. What!?!? This problem was created by government. There should be more fallout. Many more government heads should roll. There should be no pensions and some should probably be held personally liable. If this water supply was provided by a private sector entity, market forces would maximize responsibility and greatly reduce malfeasance. In the private sector there is more incentive to avoid such things since there is personal liability. Even corporations can be put out of business, but one can never excise all the entrenched bureaucrats and politicians that are responsible. A scapegoat or underling will take the fall at best. Now any mistakes made by government agents, will be made right by taxpayers that had no responsibility. We pay for their ineptitude. The pattern repeats...
The politics are horrible and disingenuous at best on the part of Clinton and Sanders on the campaign trail. They have tried to shift blame to Gov. Snyder and call for his removal because he is a republican target, but he is barely a republican, had little culpability or knowledge of the events compared to other more direct and local Flint authorities (mostly democrats). They are no better than Michael Moore, who showed up to glom onto some free publicity. Despite what Obama or any of the other statists say, this is actually a typical result of government provided services. Our infrastructure, which should be high priority is mismanaged and crumbling while they waste time and money on things none of their business.
"This is an important day for us as we break ground on this new project in the city of Flint," said Flint Mayor Dayne Walling. "The river is an invaluable asset."
"This is a tremendous step in the process of securing Flint's water future," Walling said.
"The plant, which is used as a backup water supply to Flint and Genesee County, will go from being used four times a year to year-round."
"When Wright started working at the plant 23 years ago, he was told they would be starting the process to no longer purchase water from Detroit. And now it's happening."
"We're finally doing it. And I get to see it," Wright said.
"Sam Muma, president of AFSCME Local 1600, said it's good to see the plant being used to its full potential and for the river to be utilized to its full potential."
"In all, the upgrades and further use of the water treatment plant will be a benefit to the community, Muma said."
"This is a good thing for the community. It will provide jobs," Muma said. "Anytime you can be self-sufficient is a good thing. Doing this should eventually decrease water rates for the residents in Flint."
"The long-term goal is to have more water efficiency and more cost savings in water rates."
"The hope is to also bring school children out to the plant to have educational tours."
“Water is an absolute vital service that most everyone takes for granted,” Walling said. “It’s a historic moment for the city of Flint to return to its roots and use our own river as our drinking water supply.”
“The Flint River is a different river than it was the last time we used it – that was pre-Clean Water Act,” Flint Utilities Director Daughtery Johnson told The Flint Journal last week, adding that the city made two years’ worth of improvements at the water plant in nine months. “It’s a great system. It’s a great asset the city has. Every drop we pull out, we’re going to clean and put right back in the river.”
How about in March 2013...
“It’s a historic night in the City of Flint,” Walling said. “The savings will be less with the capacity level approved by city council because there will be increased treatment cost for the river water.”
"Flint’s water plant and the Flint River is currently the backup for Flint and Genesee County, however, the plant only operates four times per year."
"Mayor Dayne Walling said the Department of Environmental Quality must approve Flint’s getting 2 million gallons per day from the Flint River."
"Councilman Bryant Nolden was the lone dissenting vote." “It was a protest vote,” Nolden said. “I knew they had enough votes. I just feel like the Flint River is our best option.”
“I agree that the river is harder to treat, but what we need to do is make investments in our own system at the treatment plant and on fixing the older pipes throughout Flint,” Walling said on Facebook. “Going back to Detroit and paying their premium is a very high-cost scenario. It’s a million dollars or more per month for Detroit water based on our past experience and what the [Genesee County] is paying now. This would only compound the water cost problem.”