Why Flint Is Being Sued by the Agency Partially Responsible for the Water Crisis

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality sued the City of Flint today over the City Council’s foot-dragging in approving Detroit’s Great Lakes Water Authority as its long-term drinking water source. The city has been buying water from the GLWA by extending contracts for several months at a time. The mayor wants to strike a 30-year agreement.The lawsuit is a striking turnabout for the DEQ, the agency that investigations have shown was largely to blame for the city’s disastrous switch away from Detroit water to the Flint River as a temporary drinking source in April 2014.

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