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Author Clark, Anna (Anna Leigh), author.

Title The poisoned city : Flint's water and the American urban tragedy / Anna Clark.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2018.
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 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  615.925688 CLA    DUE 07-11-20
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  615.925688 CLA    AVAILABLE
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Description 305 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary When the people of Flint, Michigan, turned on their faucets in April 2014, the water pouring out was poisoned with lead and other toxins. Through a series of disastrous decisions, the state government had switched the city’s water to a source that corroded Flint’s aging lead pipes. Complaints about the foul-smelling water were dismissed: the residents of Flint—a largely poor African American city of about 100,000 people—were not seen as credible, even in matters of their own lives. It took 18 months of activism and a band of dogged outsiders to force the state to admit that the water was poisonous. But this was only after 12 people died and Flint's children suffered irreparable harm. The long battle for accountability and a humane response to this man-made disaster have only just begun. In the first full-length account of this epic failure, The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint’s poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town, but could also be about any American city, all made precarious by the neglect of infrastructure and the erosion of democratic decision-making. Cities like Flint are set up to fail—and for the people who live and work in them, the consequences may be mortal.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-291) and index.
Subject Drinking water -- Contamination -- Health aspects -- Michigan -- Flint.
Drinking water -- Lead content -- Michigan -- Flint.
Health risk assessment -- Michigan -- Flint.
Heavy metals -- Toxicity testing -- Michigan -- Flint.
ISBN 9781250125149 (hardcover)
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