What will it take to fix the water crisis in Flint, Michigan?
FILE - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder speaks in Detroit. FEMA has been providing bottled water - some 71,000 liters to date - and filters to Flint residents. Some say customers shouldn't have to pay their water bills because the water is unsafe without filtering, but it's unclear if lawmakers will cover the expense.
The Governor is expected to roll out millions in additional relief, even replace all the faucets in the schools.
Mr Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint earlier this month.
Flint, Michigan Mayor Karen Weaver is waiting for the federal government to declare what the rest of us already know: The water crisis in her city is a disaster.
That would provide more money and resources than the emergency declaration.
More than a hundred protesters braved the bitter weather Monday to stand outside the Governor's condo in Ann Arbor demanding his arrest. Flint is about more than municipal water practices: It raises important questions about social justice, the role of government and the marginalization of disadvantaged communities.
In addition to the protests and the governor's speech tonight, Flint residents are expected to announce today the filing of two new class action lawsuits against the governor, the State Department of Environmental Quality, county officials and others. After the change, residents started complaining that their water looked and smelled unusual. "If they would have submitted for a disaster declaration, we could have got the 96 million dollars, or more", says Davis.
No stranger to controversy after enacting right-to-work laws in organized labor's backyard and blessing Detroit's bankruptcy that resulted in cuts to retiree pensions and health care benefits, Snyder's legacy surely will include the regulatory failures that led to an underwhelming response to Flint's lead-tainted drinking water.
"They've got a very hard problem, and I know the governor's got a very hard time going, but you know, I shouldn't be commenting on Flint", he said.
"We're going to keep working on putting solutions in place", Snyder told The Detroit News. I am so grateful that Icelandic Glacial has come on-board to help the city of Flint. "I just want to make sure we're doing whatever we can to deal with the damage and address the people of Flint in a constructive way".
Flint's drinking water became contaminated with lead in April 2014 while the city was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager. The corrosive river water damaged aging pipes, which leached lead into the drinking water. Exposure to lead can cause behavior problems and learning disabilities in children and kidney ailments in adults.