Washington, D.C.—As the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform prepares to question Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on his role in the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Flint residents are once again traveling to Washington, D.C. to attend the hearings in person. Affected community members and Food & Water Watch are demanding that Governor Rick Snyder be held accountable for this human-made public health disaster.
A timeline of Governor Snyder’s involvement in the Flint water crisis makes it clear that the Snyder administration knew more about the crisis than it had initially disclosed to the public—with disastrous consequences for public health.
Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter:
“The Flint water crisis is the very definition of a human-made public health disaster, and this week Governor Snyder will be forced to own up to his role in it. Just two months into his administration, Snyder expanded the power of emergency managers in Michigan, thereby opening the door for a series of decisions that would poison Flint’s water and jeopardize the health of thousands of local residents. Even worse, Snyder knew of problems with Flint’s water as early as October of 2014 and failed to take proper action. Appearing before Congress is not enough. The Department of Justice needs to investigate Governor Snyder for criminal activity.”
Flint Resident Melissa Mays:
"It's time that Governor Snyder, Darnell Earley, Susan Hedman and Gina McCarthy take full responsibility for their actions and inactions. The residents are tired of immature finger pointing, lies and PR spin. Just stop. Tell the residents the truth and face the consequences for what you have done. The residents of Flint have to live with the toxic aftermath of your choices for the rest of our lives.”
Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.
Contact: Kate Fried, Food & Water Watch, (202) 683-4905, [email protected]