Statement by Congressman Dan Kildee on Gov. Snyder Apology Over Flint Water Crisis

December 29, 2015

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today on the ongoing Flint water crisis:

“Governor Snyder’s apology over the Flint water crisis is appropriate, as are personnel changes announced today at the Department of Environmental Quality. Through this ongoing crisis, the people of Flint did nothing wrong – they are victims of this failure of government. The State of Michigan must not only acknowledge its role in this crisis, but also take responsibility and act right away to make it right.

“The state can immediately step up to help the children of Flint who have suffered lead exposure. Today, the Governor alluded to ‘more actions’ in the coming days to help Flint residents. These actions by the state should include the establishment of a fund to ensure that kids – who are at the greatest risk for health problems from lead poisoning – receive the developmental, educational and nutritional support they need to help overcome the challenges associated with lead exposure.

“The State of Michigan can help these kids. If the state helps them now, they will have a better future. But we cannot delay – every day kids in Flint lose without support is a day they cannot get back.”