Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi from Sydney Australia,via Wikimedia Commons
Environmental activist Erin Brockovich
took to Facebook on Tuesday to slam Michigan authorities regarding Flint's drinking water controversy — and offered a shoutout to Metro Times
and contributor Curt Guyette for covering the issue.
Brockovich posted a photo
of Brad Wurfel, the Communications Director at Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, captioning the image with a lengthy tirade calling Wurfel a "spin doctor" and "paid distorter of truth" for his role in downplaying a July EPA memo and ongoing investigation that revealed the presence of lead in Flint's drinking water supply.
Brockovich then cited Metro Times
contributor Curt Guyette's recent reporting
on the issue, highlighting three times Wurfel had attempted to discredit or deny the ongoing investigations.
On Thursday, the Genesee County Health Department finally admitted
there was a problem with Flint's water, declaring a public health emergency and urging citizens not to drink water that has not been tested or filtered.
As Guyette reported, further study of Flint's water quality was launched by a group of citizens working in conjunction with researchers at Virginia Tech and the ACLU of Michigan, who continued to study the issue despite Wurfel's denial. "If [they] had been willing to swallow that claim, children in Flint would still be getting lead poisoned," he wrote.
Read Guyette's story here
or read it in this week's print edition of Metro Times.
Read Brockovich's full post below: