Michigan DEQ: Flint Water is Okay. EPA: Media Blackout? [OPINION]
What the !?*# is going on???
Yesterday, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) released a statement, saying that the lead in the water does NOT exceed federal limits. 90% of Flint water tested was 12 parts per billion from July 2016 through December 2016, below the "action level" of 15 ppb.
The problem with referencing federal limits is that the Environmental Protection Agency (the EPA) is currently under a media blackout order from the President. This means that they are not allowed to engage in press releases, social media, etc. for the time being. The new administration has also frozen all grants from the EPA, including the $100 million that was supposed to come to Flint to help with the water crisis.
So...what the hell is going on?
Is Flint receiving the money or not? Does the EPA stand behind the Michigan DEQ's findings or not? Is Flint still a priority for the President, or not? He made it a point to visit the Flint water plant while campaigning...but is he blocking the efforts to help?
This is not a left issue, or a right issue. It's not black or white. It's a human issue. A human issue that appears to have been left behind. Used by politicians during their campaigns, and that's it.
What can we do?
Call Congressman Dan Kildee: (810) 238-8627
Call Senator Debbie Stabenow: (810) 720-4172
Call Senator Gary Peters: (202) 224-6221
Call The White House: (202) 456-1111