Julia Louis-Dreyfus Discusses Flint Water Crisis With Attorney [VIDEO]
Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus sat down with Dimple Chaudhary to discuss the Flint Water Crisis and why Americans should be concerned with the dangers of lead-contaminated water.
As you may expect with Louis-Dreyfus, the tone of the conversation was light-hearted, but the comedian did adopt a serious tone when questioning how a crisis of this magnitude could occur in Flint.
Chaudhary explained how Flint's financial situation led to a state takeover, resulting in a switch to the Flint River as a water supply.
"So this strikes me as very reckless," Louis-Dreyfus noted. "I'm not an attorney, but that strikes me as ... almost inhumane."
Chaudhary, the Senior Attorney and Managing Litigator for the Natural Resources Defence Council, explained to the actress that 18 million people in the US get their drinking water from water sources that violate federal guidelines regarding lead. She went on to talk about how Flint's ongoing water crisis has touched so many people.
"There's a generation of children there that was exposed to lead in their drinking water there that may have learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, behavioural problems, because of that lead exposure," Chaudhary said. "So it's really important that we protect ourselves from even small amounts of lead in our drinking water."
Chaudhary went on to say that there are many cities in addition to Flint that aren't following federal protocol to control for lead contamination of drinking water.