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Flint Water Crisis


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Flint Safe Water Case Update: 2019 Terms Will Improve Efficiency in Pipe-Replacement Program

Flint, MI — The City of Flint agreed to use a data-driven approach to finding the remaining lead pipes delivering drinking water to residents’ homes, as part of the landmark legal settlement directing the City’s response to the water crisis.

February 12, 2019

City Misleads Flint Residents: Thousands of Lead Pipes Likely Remain in Flint

FLINT, MI – Flint Mayor Karen Weaver made comments today about the status of the effort to rid the city of lead service lines which highlighted the number of excavations the city has overseen, rather than the number of actual lead lines replaced. The City is operating under a settlement that requires it to target excavations at homes most likely to have hazardous lead and steel pipes, but more than 80% of the City’s excavations this year were of homes with copper pipes. To date, the City has replaced only 7,700 lead and steel service lines, leaving University of Michigan experts to conclude that thousands of hazardous pipes likely remain in the ground [Link Schwartz Decl.]

December 04, 2018

Flint Safe Water Case Back in Court: Groups Say City Isn’t Complying with Lead Pipe Settlement

Seventeen months after a settlement approved by a federal court paved the way to take big steps to address the water crisis in Flint, groups are back in court to ensure the City can successfully execute key provisions to protect the public from further lead exposure.

August 21, 2018

Michigan Governor’s Decision to End Bottled Water for Flint Deeply Troubling

April 06, 2018

Attorneys Set the Record Straight about Terms of Settlement Agreement in Concerned Pastors’ Safe Water Lawsuit

Despite allegations from the state of Michigan, the plaintiffs in the Concerned Pastors lawsuit have not sent a letter criticizing the city council or demanding that the City of Flint agree immediately to a specific long-term water contract.

June 28, 2017

Flint’s Lead Pipes Will Be Replaced Under Settlement in Federal Safe Drinking Water Case

Citizen suit brings funding and timeline for pipe replacement, more water quality testing, transparency, and other resources to help Flint.

March 28, 2017

Flint Drinking Water Fails to Meet Federal Standards, Yet Michigan Ready to Close the Case on the Water Crisis

CHICAGO – Michigan officials’ recent assertions that Flint’s water system is in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act are false; the data simply do not show that the system’s lead pipes have fully recovered from the damage caused by the switch to the Flint River nearly three years ago.

January 11, 2017

While Michigan Ignores Judge’s Order for Safe Water, Flint Residents Go Back to Court Seeking Emergency Action

CHICAGO – As Michigan ignores a court order requiring “immediate” action to secure safe drinking water for Flint, residents and organizations filed an emergency motion to force the State of Michigan and City of Flint to comply. The court has ordered the State and City to respond to this motion by noon on Friday, December 23.

December 21, 2016

Sixth Circuit Denies State's Request to Halt Flint Safe Drinking Water Ruling

CHICAGO – Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied a request by Michigan state officials and the City of Flint to halt an order requiring them to immediately provide water filter installation and maintenance services or bottled water delivery to Flint. Flint residents have been living without adequate access to safe drinking water for more than two and a half years.

December 16, 2016

Flint—At Long Last—Will Receive Funding for New Water Pipes

WASHINGTON – Flint, Michigan will receive at least $100 million to begin funding the needed work of replacing lead service lines that deliver drinking water throughout the city, with the Senate’s passage today of the Water Resources Development Act. However, the bill also included a rider that rolls back environmental protections in California’s Bay-Delta estuary.

December 10, 2016

State of Michigan Seeks to Block Flint Water Deliveries

CHICAGO – Michigan state officials filed a motion to block a federal court order issued last week that required the immediate provision of bottled drinking water and filter installation and maintenance services to the people of Flint, who have been living without adequate access to safe drinking water for more than two years.

November 17, 2016

Federal Court Orders Bottled Water Delivery for Flint Residents

DETROIT, Mich. – Federal judge David M. Lawson today ordered the Michigan state officials and the City of Flint to deliver bottled water door-to-door to homes in Flint, a victory for residents who have been living without access to safe drinking water for more than two years. Until this point, the burden of tracking down safe drinking water every day has been resting on residents, an exhausting struggle that has disrupted their lives and sense of normalcy.

November 10, 2016

Federal Court Gives Green Light to Flint Drinking Water Case

DETROIT – A federal judge today signaled that the first Safe Drinking Water Act case on the Flint water crisis could proceed over protests from the City of Flint and the Michigan state officials.

July 08, 2016

Groups Ask Federal Court to Order Home Water Delivery in Flint, As Tap Water Remains Unsafe

CHICAGO – Flint residents, an organization of pastors, and national advocacy groups are asking a federal court to order home water delivery for every household in the Michigan city served by Flint’s water system. Flint’s tap water remains unsafe and is likely to remain undrinkable for months due to persistent lead contamination.

March 24, 2016

A Fix for Flint: Groups File Federal Lawsuit to Secure Safe Drinking Water in Flint

FLINT, Mich. – A coalition of local citizens and national groups filed suit today seeking federal court intervention to secure access to safe drinking water for the people of Flint, Michigan.

January 27, 2016

Residents of Flint, Michigan, to Sue City, State Over Lead in Drinking Water

CHICAGO – Residents of Flint, Mich., together with the ACLU of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council, today announced their intention to sue state and city officials for ongoing violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act amid the city’s widespread lead-contamination crisis.

November 16, 2015

Groups Petition EPA for Emergency Response to Flint, MI, Drinking Water Contamination

CHICAGO – In response to the ongoing drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, a coalition of local citizens and national groups petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to take emergency action to secure safe, lead-free water for the City’s children and families.

October 01, 2015