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Friday, April 27, 2018

Flint Water Whistleblower Wins the Goldman Environmental Prize


LeeAnne Walters was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize on April 23. For her efforts "to not only expose the water crisis in Flint, but shine a light on the lead water crisis around the U.S." Facing a massive deficit in 2014, Flint cut costs by switching its water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Walters and her children began noticing troubling health problems in the spring of 2014. After having her water tested, she found it contained lead levels of 104 parts per billion. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, continued to assure residents that Flint’s water was safe. Walters and her husband discovered that local industry had long used the Flint River as a dumping ground. In September 2015 Walters and other citizen scientists began going door to door to collect water samples from residents throughout the city. Walters presented the findings at a press conference in front of Flint City Hall. https://ift.tt/2r4Tr2D http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com

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