Miles From Flint, Residents Turn Off Taps in New Water Crisis


In his New York Times article, Mitch Smith discusses how contractors have discovered contaminants in the water supplies of Plainfield Charter Township, Michigan. Decades ago, the local shoemaking company, Wolverine Worldwide, dumped sludge and leather from its tannery around the local river, contaminants that are still causing adverse consequences to this day. Growing concern among the residents is a result of the echoes of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, which is only 120 miles away. Residents are expressing dismay over Wolverine’s disposal techniques, which have given little regard to the future health consequences.

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Samantha Underwood

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