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The Response to Flint's Water Crisis Comes Far Too Late

As the National Guard descends on the city, the evidence suggests officials waited to act after they’d learned of Flint’s serious water quality problems.
Tap water at a local hospital, October 2015.
Tap water at a local hospital, October 2015.Joyce Zhu via Flint Water Study

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder activated the National Guard Tuesday night in the city of Flint, where a tainted water supply has escalated into a lead poisoning emergency not seen in a decade. Aided by state police, the guard will go door-to-door handing out bottled water, water filters, and testing kits to residents.

“As we work to ensure that all Flint residents have access to clean and safe drinking water, we are providing them with the direct assistance they need in order to stretch our resources further,” Snyder said in a statement released late Tuesday.