Former Midwest director of the EPA explains what went wrong in Flint

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Mary Gade and Justin Kaufmann

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When the Midwest director for the U.S. EPA learned of a contaminated water crisis in a small Michigan town, she didn’t wait for state or local officials to do something – she quickly took action to stop it. That was in 2008, when Chicago’s Mary Gade was serving as Region 5 administrator for the U.S. EPA. Gade’s reward for demanding that an international company immediately remove toxic waste from local water streams was that she was swiftly removed from her post. Tonight, Mary Gade joins Justin at The Big Table to talk about what happened in Flint and the way bureaucracy often stands in the way of government action and the tragic consequences of those delays.
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