As in 2014, the state-appointed oversight committee agreed to move from the Lake Huron supplied water to the extremely corrosive and contaminated water from the Flint River, without treatment to regulate the corrosion of the lead pipes, lead pollution of the tap water in Flint, Michigan has become a national scandal (Olson and Fedinick).

People quickly began to worry about the dark brown, bad-smelling, smelly water that people say causes hair loss and rashes. The high levels of lead contained in the water are dangerous to humans, including children, and can cause severe, permanent brain damage.

Shrader-Frechette will say in reaction to the Flint, Michigan crisis that if people can mitigate inequality in terms of health risks due to pollution, then they should. The principle of deliberative democracy, a realistic system of mechanisms and procedures by which people can achieve consensus on justice, is discussed (Shrader-Frechette 9).

She notes that by policing private interest research, whistleblowing, and using democratic instruments, people can minimize inequality in pollution-related health risks. Such political instruments may include information collection, pamphlets being dispersed, campaigning, speeches/talks, forums, and debates being held.

Research Paper: Water Pollution Ethical Issues
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