Flint’s Not the Only Problem in Michigan

State residents are protesting a plan by a Marathon Petroleum refinery to increase emissions of sulfur dioxide and seven other toxic chemicals.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder speaks at a press conference on June 9, 2014, in Detroit.

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“Government failed you,” Michigan Governor Rick Snyder told his constituents in his annual State of the State address on Jan. 19. “You deserve better.” The comments were addressed specifically to the residents of Flint, who’ve been drinking and bathing in lead-contaminated water for more than a year, after the city began using its polluted river as its main water source to save money. “We will be there with long-term solutions for as long as it takes to make this right,” the governor went on. Republicans gave Snyder a standing ovation. Democrats in the statehouse were not impressed.

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