Dr. Margaret Flowers: EPA, Michigan Officials Must Be Held Accountable for Flint Water Crisis

Maryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers is joining Flint residents and advocates at the Rayburn House Office Building today to demand that the Environmental Protection Agency and Governor Rick Snyder be held accountable for its inaction regarding water poisoning in Flint, Michigan.

“This tragedy happened with the knowledge of the EPA,” Flowers, a physician, said. “They knew almost a year before it was reported and they did nothing. The EPA has the power to arrest under the Clean Water Act, but they did nothing.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will be appearing before the House Oversight and Government Relations Committee today. On Tuesday, Susan Hedman, the former EPA regional administrator for Flint, denied that EPA “did anything wrong” in Flint.

Margaret Flowers is seeking the Green Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Barbara Mikulski. The Green Party's primary election balloting begins April 2nd by mail and ends May 1st with in-person voting.

In a recent op-ed, Flowers and Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein pointed out that the EPA “did not inform the public about the high lead levels in the water when they learned about it, even though the state provided bottled water to public employees.” The state of Michigan and Gov. Rick Snyder, also testifying today, “knew, but continued to allow toxic water - which qualified as ‘hazardous waste’ by EPA standards - for Flint residents without telling them.”

Flowers says the dangers in the U.S. water supply go far beyond Flint, as is evident from the recent discovery of lead in Newark, New Jersey, school water supplies and New York Sen. Charles Schumer’s introduction of legislation to authorize federal grants for local school water testing after lead was found in water at two Ithaca schools. Also in Schumer’s home state, the toxic industrial pollutant perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) recently poisoned the water supply of about 4,000 upstate New Yorkers. 

Margaret Flowers is a pediatrician and a board adviser to Physicians for a National Health Program. She is on the steering committee of Clean Up The Mines!, a campaign to clean up the more than 15,000 abandoned uranium mines in the U.S. that are polluting the air, land and water with radioactive and heavy metals.

More information: 

Margaret Flowers and Jill Stein: Contaminated Water Requires a National Public Health Mobilization

Dr. Margaret Flowers Calls for Congressional Action to Clean Up Abandoned Mines, Compensate Victims

Flowers for Senate: A Solutions-Based Campaign

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