I look at the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis from a combined perspective that broadens the scope of one of the worst manmade environmental disasters in the history of the United States. The goal of this examination is to bring attention to preventable environmental catastrophes, and put a spotlight on the policies and governing philosophies, which aggregated into neglect to the health of the people of Flint. I briefly analyze Michigan’s emergency manager law’s role in fostering the poor oversight that allowed the crisis to spiral out of control. I then pivot to the nation’s water infrastructure and regulatory environment at large. Finally, I examine proposals of public policy for financing the repair and removal of toxic lead pipes from other municipalities. This paper highlights the dire consequences of environmental degradation through lead and poorly managed public utilities. It is my hope that such tragedies can be prevented by an increased public awareness.
Andrew Lawton, Comment: The Flint Water Crisis: A National Warning of Failing Infrastructure , 19 Marq. Benefits & Soc. Welfare L. Rev. 85 (2017).