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28 January 2016 - Flint water crisis

Publié par Marion Coste le 28/01/2016

Flint water crisis: What's in that contaminated water

Mona Chalabi (The Guardian, 22/01/2016)

What does it mean that residents of Flint, Michigan, consumed water with dangerously high levels of lead for years before it was recognized as a problem? Here are some fast facts about just what’s in the Flint water and how it came to pass.
How was this discovered?
In the summer of 2014, LeeAnne Walters noticed that her son would get a rash every time he got into the swimming pool at their home in Flint, Michigan. By December that year, she had stopped letting any of her children drink the water coming out of her tap and called the city’s utility department to take a look. Walters had helped to set in motion the discovery that the city’s water was seriously contaminated.

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Lead pipes

'Nobody Cares': Flint Family Says Lead Pipes Must Go
Hannah Rappleye (NBC News, 27/01/2016)
The modest one-story home in Flint that Oscar and Elizabeth Brown bought 21 years ago with paychecks from the nearby Buick plant was the place where they raised and nurtured their grandchildren.
But now the couple believes that same home may be hurting its youngest resident, great-great-grandson Dana Brock, a sweet 3-year-old who began suffering health problems soon after the city's disastrous switch to a new water source.
He's one of thousands of children who have been exposed to lead because corrosive water from the Flint River damaged old service lines that run between water mains and houses. It could be years before the impact on kids like Dana is fully known.

Extreme pollution
It’s not just Flint: Poor communities across the country live with ‘extreme’ polluters
Chris Mooney (The Washington Post, 27/01/2016)
As national attention focuses on Flint, Mich. — where lead-contaminated water flowed for over a year to a relatively poor, minority community — new research suggests that across the U.S., communities like these are more likely to be exposed to some of the most intense pollution.
In a new paper just out in the open-access journal Environmental Research Letters, sociologist Mary Collins of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and two colleagues from the University of Maryland in Annapolis and College Park examined what they term “hyper-polluters”: Industrial facilities that, based on EPA data, generate disproportionately large amounts of air pollution. Then, they cross-referenced the location of these facilities with socio-demographic data from the 2000 census.
The result? “We find striking evidence that extreme emitters are likely impacting EJ [environmental justice] communities even more significantly than typical EJ scholarship might predict,” the study said.
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Tainted water

Hopes of a turnaround in Flint jeopardized by water crisis
The Associated Press (The Denver Post, 28/01/2016)
In a city long stereotyped for despair, some began seeing reasons for hope: a smattering of recently opened restaurants, students filling new college classrooms, fields of green growing where abandoned houses had stood.
The red-brick streets of downtown Flint became lined with once-unlikely businesses such as a crepe shop and wine bar, and nearby, hundreds did the previously unthinkable, moving into new apartments at the city's core.
A sprawling new farmers market began drawing hundreds of thousands for everything from mango ginger stilton at a cheese shop to thick, fresh-cut pork loins at a butcher. New programs lured students from around the globe to the city's campuses, an ice-skating rink opened, the planetarium got a state-of-the-art upgrade and performers such as Blue Man Group put Flint on their schedule.
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"28 January 2016 - Flint water crisis", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2016. Consulté le 03/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2016/28-january-2016-flint-water-crisis