A Modest Proposal For Flint: Move All The Kids Out
As Americans come to grips with the extent of the public health crisis in Flint, Michigan, 9,000 young children in the city have been exposed to contaminated water. In an op-ed in the Washington Post, public health professor Dr. Irwin Redlener argues that we should move the kids out of the city.
“Given the threat of ongoing lead exposure and the community’s well-founded mistrust of government, should families be offered at least temporary resettlement while upgrades, repairs and enhancements are made to Flint’s badly contaminated water infrastructure?,” he asks.
Redlener talks with Here & Now’s Robin Young about Flint and his proposal.
- Irwin Redlener, M.D., president and co-founder of Children’s Health Fund, a professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and director of Columbia’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness. His Twitter handle is @IrwinRedlenerMD.