For Immediate Release: June 14, 2018
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Flint Mayor Rejects Superfluous State Water Demands, African American Mayors Association Supports Mayor Weaver
(WASHINGTON, DC) — The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) expresses its support for Mayor Dr. Karen W. Weaver of Flint, Michigan, in her rejection of superfluous state oversight of the city’s water system. It is an undisputed fact that Flint’s lead-contaminated water crisis began while the city was under state control. In a letter to officials, including The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Mayor Weaver declined to enter into a legal agreement with the state, citing that “This man-made crisis occurred because the state, over the stringent objections of the city and its people, imposed its misguided policies on the people of the city of Flint.”
Mayor Weaver remains committed to remediating this crisis by working collaboratively with state and federal agencies. “However, this proposed [order] does nothing to substantively further the city’s recovery and instead appears to be retaliatory and punitive” Mayor Weaver wrote.
“MDEQ’s proposed enforcement actions are unnecessary and unwarranted. MDEQ has been informed of the City’s action plans and implementation timeframes, and has agreed to those timeframes and plans. The need for this proposed ACO is thus suspect at best,” said Flint Mayor Dr. Karen W. Weaver. “I am also troubled by the timing of this proposed enforcement action, in the wake of the cessation of State funding for bottled water in Flint. During two years of collaborative remediation efforts, an ACO has not been necessary. Now, after the State and MDEQ have been publicly castigated for their abrupt and unilateral termination of bottled water funding, MDEQ proposes an ACO that raises no issues not previously agreed upon. I thus see this ACO as a deliberate and willful misuse of the DEQs’ authority for political purposes and not as a good faith effort to address the issues faced by the City of Flint.”
AAMA President Mayor Gilbert said, “We stand in solidarity with Mayor Dr. Weaver and her efforts to seek justice for her constituents. Her work exemplifies the power of local offices to advocate for the needs of all residents in our communities, especially the most vulnerable.”