Six years after the city of Flint, Michigan, began using a toxic water source that sickened its residents, VICE uncovered payoffs, the silencing of a whistleblower, a shady financial deal, a coverup, and the former governor who presided over it all.
Residents learn the hard way after refusing treatment plant to save on the cost of water.
Of nearly 6,000 requests for lead filter replacements, only 65 were marked complete — and in 2014 school staff asked that outstanding requests be purged from maintenance records.
Lead is the material through which America's yawning economic inequities do their damage — and, in the Garden State, lead contamination remains a persistent problem.
A Human Rights Watch report shows how access to clean water remains a severe problem for millions of Bangladeshis two decades after gaining international attention.
The action, says the governor, is to help restore public trust in the city's drinking water supply, which — if properly filtered — is once again safe to drink, according to state officials.
Some of the world's leading energy companies are poised to begin fracking for natural gas in Australia's Gulf of Carpentaria region — and aboriginal groups seek to stop them.
Two days of Capitol Hill hearings about Flint, Michigan's contaminated water were dominated by partisan fingerpointing.
Newark's mayor Ras Baraka said austerity, small government, regressive tax reforms, and failure to invest in infrastructure is putting children in communities of color in harm's way.
A Letter From a Newark, New Jersey School Official Raised Concerns About Lead Contamination — In 2014
Nearly half of the city's schools switched drinking water supplies this week after tests revealed levels of lead above allowable US Environmental Protection Agency limits.
A federal jury ruled in favor of families in Dimock, Pennsylvania, where Cabot Oil and Gas contaminated water supplies during natural gas fracking operations.
Water tests at 33 of the city's 60 public schools revealed levels of lead higher than the US Environmental Protection Agency's "action level," triggering public notification and action to protect the public's health.