GUEST EDITORIAL: Fight for Flint continues

The effort to find those responsible for Flint’s water woes continues.

Michigan’s attorney general filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday against two water engineering companies, saying their negligence caused and exacerbated Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis and demanding what could total hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

Veolia and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, also known as LAN, were sued in Genesee County Circuit Court. The firms already are facing suits from Flint residents over the disaster, in which improperly treated water from the Flint River caused toxic lead from pipes to enter tap water.

“In Flint, Veolia and LAN were hired to do a job and failed miserably,” Attorney General Bill Schuette said at a news conference in Flint. “They basically botched it, didn’t stop the water in Flint from being poisoned. They made it worse.”

There seems to be no shortage of blame to go around in this effort. Criminal charges have already been filed against two state environmental officials, while Flint’s utilities administrator pledged cooperation in exchange for reduced charges.

Now, the justice system can sort it out.

Michigan has allocated at least $240 million to fix the crisis. If companies are found financially liable, it will help pay for the fixes needed in this man-made disaster.

A victory in court will not fix the problem, but hopefully the continued investigation into the issue gives some peace to residents — and serves as a blueprint of what not to do for other communities in this situation.

This editorial originally was published in the June 23, edition of the Midland Daily News.


Posted by Tribune News Services

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