Maryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers joined Flint, Michigan, residents and advocates at the Rayburn House Office Building Thursday to demand that the Environmental Protection Agency and Gov. Rick Snyder be held accountable for their inaction regarding water poisoning in the city.
“I went to speak with people and be in solidarity with them,” Flowers said. “There were so many people from Flint that I gave up my place in line. Let’s hope that those responsible are held accountable, that action is taken to provide clean water to everyone, and treatment for those who are impacted by the contamination and that processes are put in place so this doesn’t happen again.”
Flowers, a pediatrician, said the dangers in the U.S. water supply go far beyond Flint, as is evident from the recent discovery of lead in Newark, New Jersey, school water supplies and New York Sen. Charles Schumer’s introduction of legislation to authorize federal grants for local school water testing after lead was found in water at two Ithaca schools. Also in Schumer’s home state, the toxic industrial pollutant perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) recently poisoned the water supply of about 4,000 upstate New Yorkers.
While Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was not at the hearing, she said Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy should “be removed from office and face any appropriate charges for overseeing this health disaster. Americans across the country owe thanks to the Flint community. By standing up for health and democracy in Flint, they are standing up for us all.”