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Citizen scientist exposes Flint, Michigan, lead problem If activists didn’t take water testing into their own hands, the public might still be unaware of the lead contaminated water in Flint, Michigan. canada goose uk outlet In particular, when Mona Hanna Attisha MD, director of Hurley’s Pediatric Residency Program, heard the city was undergoing “corrosion control” to stop lead in aging pipes from leaching into the water supply, she took matters into her own hands.

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It wasn’t until January 5th that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state emergency. On January 12th, the National Guard was appointed to help distribute bottled water and water filters. The state helped Flint go back to Detroit water in October, but the damage the Flint River water had already done to the city’s water distribution center persists. President Obama did not declare a federal state of emergency in Flint until January 16th, 2016.

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