Other environmental crises

Flint, Michigan is not the only place in the United States facing an environmental crisis. Below, read about other areas of the U.S. which have experienced, or are still experiencing, environmental crises. As you read about them, think about how these crises are similar or different from the crisis in Flint. What are some common factors? What is different?

Washington, D.C.


Navy Yards

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Lowndes County, Alabama

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Martin County, Kentucky

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  • Residents in Kentucky’s Martin County Face Escalating Water Bills (NPR)

  • ‘In 2021 it should be different’: Martin County community waits for water (WYMT)

  • First These Kentuckians Couldn't Drink The Water. Now They Can't Afford It (NPR)

Centreville, Illinois

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  • ‘If white people were still here, this wouldn’t happen’: the majority-Black town flooded with sewage (The Guardian)

  • Communities in the East St. Louis Area and Sanitary Sewer Overflows (EPA)

Niagara Falls, New York (Love Canal)

  • Environmental Protection Agency Archive: The Love Canal Tragedy (EPA)

  • ‘In 2021 it should be different’: Martin County community waits for water (EPA)

  • Love Canal: A Brief History (SUNY Geneseo)

In the news

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worker in hazmat suit with chemical barrels

Biden administration moves to curtail toxic ‘forever chemicals (The Washington Post)

buried pipe

Flint has replaced over 10,000 lead pipes. Earning back trust is proving harder. (The Washington Post)

water glass

They Couldn’t Drink Their Water. And Still, They Stayed Quiet. (The New York Times)

newspaper of protestor carried by police officers

How the Flint water crisis set back thousands of students (The Washington Post)

newspaper of protestor carried by police officers

This is environmental racism: How a protest in a NC town sparked a national movement (The Washington Post)

boston skyline from river

Boston-area water quality report cards show improvement, but still range from A to F (The Boston Globe)

forest fire

Climate Change Drove Western Heat Wave’s Extreme Records, Analysis Finds (The New York Times)

aerial view of chicago

A Battle Between a Great City and a Great Lake (The New York Times)

thermator in blazing sun

No One is Safe: Extreme Weather Batters the Wealthy World (The New York Times)

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6 years after water crisis began, what has changed in Flint — and what hasn’t (PBS NewsHour)

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A Black community in Northeast D.C. is surrounded by industrial pollution. The city plans to add more. (The Washington Post)

flint water tower

Testing shows least amount of lead in Flint water since the water crisis (ABC)

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A cool idea for low-income urban areas hard hit by warming climate: More trees (The Washington Post)

factory smoke stacks

Deadly air pollutant ‘disproportionately and systematically’ harms Americans of color, study finds (The Washington Post)

e-charging car sign on pavement

What’s in the $1.2 trillion Senate infrastructure package? (The Washington Post)

flooded road

Pollution Inequity in Alaska, Mississippi Get Senate Spotlight (Bloomberg Law)

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Activists Have Shut Down a Memphis-Area Pipeline — But Their Fight Isn’t Over (Truthout)