"I'm with the government and I'm here to help."
That was what former president Ronald Reagan characterized as the most frightening phrase in the English language.
Now it has been revealed that the Environmental Protection Agency engaged in a cover up that risked the health and safety of Flint, Michigan residents. According to The Detroit News the EPA's lead Midwest official knew that drinking water was contaminated with toxins for months before telling the public. Now Flint is dealing With an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease which could be linked to the contaminated water supply. The Daily Caller adds:
EPA official Susan Hedman did not publicize the EPA’s concern over Flint’s water quality or the water’s dangerous health concerns. The federal agency instead quietly fought with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for at least six months about what should be done.
EPA water expert, Miguel Del Toral, identified potential contamination problems with Flint’s drinking water last February and confirmed the suspicions in April. He authored an internal memo about the problem in June, according to documents obtained by Virginia Tech.
Meanwhile, Hedman became aware of the contamination issue in April. She sought legal advice, but didn’t receive the guidance until November 2014. The American Civil Liberties Union accused Hedman in October of attempting to keep Miguel Del Toral’s memo in-house, downplaying its significance.
The corrosive nature of Flint’s drinking water is causing lead from pipes and pathogens to get into the town’s water supply, according to a study by Virginia Tech. Flint is currently dealing with an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a dangerous infection that usually spreads through a tainted water source.
A class-action lawsuit against Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality alleges that the state wasn’t treating Flint’s water with an anti-corrosive agent, a violation of federal law.
If we ever needed further proof that government institutions can be gravely fallible and that bureaucrats are usually more concerned with protecting their jobs than they are in helping citizens. If it is up to Democrats, the size and scope of our government agencies and institutions will only grow even larger and more out of control.