Things are so bad in Flint, the people who live there would rather have someone from Virginia test their water, because they know the state is going to lie to them:
In Flint, Mich., there is a famous block of concrete that for decades has served as a community message board. Like an old-school Facebook feed, residents use it to post personal news, images, upcoming events and commentary in sprawling graffiti.
This week, several residents went to “The Block” (or “The Rock,” depending on whom you ask) with a message. In big, black capital letters they painted: “YOU WANT OUR TRUST?? WE WANT VA Tech!!!” Underneath they wrote “PSI” and circled it in red with a line through it. It stands for Professional Service Industries Inc., the independent business the city hired to test its water for contamination, and which the residents don’t trust.
They want Marc Edwards, Virginia Tech’s environmental engineering professor who once led, almost entirely on his own, a crusade against the federal government’s failure to protect residents of Washington from lead in the city’s water. And he won.
Edwards spent thousands of dollars out of his own pocket to test the water when a Flint resident asked for his help. He presented his findings of dangerous lead levels to the state, and he was ignored. Then he got the public records that showed the state knew there was a problem and did nothing about it.