May 16, 2022

Reference Shelf: Issue Brief: “Flint Water Crisis”

A new issue brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s, Network for Public Health Law.

From the Introduction:

issue brief is designed to give an overview of the factual context and allegations surrounding the Flint water crisis and to provide an introduction to some of the major legal and policy challenges that surfaced during the crisis and its
aftermath. Many of the facts appear to be uncontested; however, to the extent litigants choose to contest certain allegations, final factual findings will ultimately be made by reviewing courts and administrative tribunals. In addition to helping a reader less familiar with the Flint water crisis gain a surface level understanding of what happened, the legal and policy challenges discussed in this brief may also apply to other communities facing lead contamination in water or other man-made environmental disasters. In the final section, we note several issues warranting further investigation, analysis, and attention to protect against similar situations occurring elsewhere in the state and across the country. Please note that
this issue brief is by no means comprehensive and the Flint water crisis is still a rapidly developing situation.

Direct to Full Text Issue Brief: “”Flint Water Crisis” (July 2016, 16 pages; PDF)

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