Governor Snyder Continues to Demonstrate The Finesse Which Made Gateway Great
Governor Snyder announced the remaining members of the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee today. No chemists. Not one person with a chemistry degree. Undoubtedly, a fine collection of worthy government officials. Four ‘field experts’, none of whom are chemists. Medical doctors are not chemists. Public health administrators are not chemists. Civil engineers are not chemists. Materials scientists are not chemists. Chemists are chemists. Chemists know things:
The lead in Flint drinking water is, at its core, an issue of water chemistry. Water chemistry was allowed to go completely berserk at the Flint Water Treatment Plant for 18 months. Flint’s distribution system has been severely damaged. Fixing that damaged distribution piping is a venture into uncharted territory. Only an inorganic chemist with a command of thermodynamics, kinetics, pH, ICP-OES analysis, and the equilibrium of redox reactions will successfully navigate this uncharted territory. Not another lying MDEQ clown, either. They had their shot and blew it. Why the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee is necessary in the first place.
No one will trust Flint water until its chemistry is brought under control and that will require adult supervision – a genuine chemist. Detroit Water & Sewerage water is not a magic bullet. Detroit’s water works in Detroit’s distribution system. Detroit’s distribution system has not been damaged by 18 months of reckless water chemistry.
Flint’s water chemistry needs to be fixed, yesterday. New lawsuits against the State of Michigan are being filed every day. The latest filed this morning by the ACLU and a host of liberal pressure groups takes a new tack, alleging violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Suffice it to say, Michigan has no viable legal defense against this suit.
Michigan taxpayers are going to pay for this, and they are going to pay more every day the Flint Water Treatment Plant operates without adult supervision. Need I remind anyone that Flint’s Public Works Director, Howard Croft, resigned in November? The Flint Water Treatment Plant wasn’t exactly a model operation when it did have a Director. Just how well might it be performing now without one? Note that they are no longer publishing their Monthly Operating Reports. Anyone care to speculate why? A real confidence builder there.
Even Attorney General Schuette is outraged that Flint residents are being charged an average $ 140 a month for undrinkable water. Water which can only be used to flush toilets. This outrage would be criminal fraud were it to be perpetrated by the private sector. Only the government can screw the public to this extent.
The outrage factor here does not bode well for Michigan taxpayers when the Flint water lawsuits land in court. Does anyone think that plaintiff’s counsel will miss the fact that Michigan neglected to put a chemist in charge of a chemistry problem? That the Flint Water Plant is operating without adult supervision? It is a fundamental tenet of management to match skill sets with positions. Not happening here.
If nothing else motivates Governor Snyder to find and empower a competent chemist, he should contemplate his prospective cross examinations in those Flint water lawsuits. They get uglier with each passing day he dithers. Videos thereof will probably not be an asset in a Cabinet confirmation hearing before a U.S. Senate committee either.
Hint to Governor Snyder – Installing another Michigan bureaucrat without portfolio in Flint will promote confusion and sow dissention, not help Flint solve its problems. Send Flint a brand spanking new ICP-OES instrument and qualified technicians. Costs a lot less and does a whole lot more. Flint is going to be doing a lot of lead and metal analyses.