Thursday, June 30, 2016

Parallels between Flint and New York village with tainted water supply

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 6:00 AM

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The "humor-news" website Cafe published a video investigation Tuesday into New York's own water crisis — and boy, do some of the issues broached sound familiar. 

For a quick recap: Earlier this year, while all eyes were on Flint and Gov. Rick Snyder, it came out that the water supply in Hoosick Falls had long-been tainted with high levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (also known as PFOA), which is a toxic chemical linked to cancer, thyroid disease, and pregnancy complications. More shocking, it would appear officials knew of possible health risks but failed to warn citizens. 

As the New York Times explained, state and local officials told the public in December that the water was safe to drink, even though the Environmental Protection Agency had already made recommendations to Hoosick Fall's mayor that citizens stop using the water. As state assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R-NY) explains it to Cafe, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration "knew about this a year-and-a-half before the people were advised." 

Sound familiar? 

Cafe's mini-doc, which straddles the line between serious news reporting and goofy observations, focuses on the aftermath now that citizens know their water has been poisoned. Many want a public hearing to get to the bottom of who knew what and when; however, their state Sen. Kathy Marchione is shutting down such an open investigation, pushing instead for a "task force" to review the situation (a "task force," much like Flint's, where Gov. Cuomo would be in charge of picking who was on said committee). While the news site attempts to get answers from Marchione about why she is opposed to a public hearing, they are essentially shut down on multiple fronts (an interview does occur, but it reveals very little except for the fact that public servants in New York can be just as opaque as they can be in Michigan). 

Watch the doc below, and sound off in the comments.

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