Erin Brockovich: 'Flint, Michigan is the tip of the iceberg' - WNEM TV 5

Erin Brockovich: 'Flint, Michigan is the tip of the iceberg'

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Environmental activist, Erin Brockovich was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert talking about the Flint water crisis.

Brockovich mentioned to Colbert residents had reached out to her just over a year ago with concerns about the discolored and smelly water.

“Oftentimes, when we will send investigators out – which we did – and we actually even wrote a protocol for the city on how to treat the situation so they didn’t have this big fallout,” Brockovich said.

Colbert asked Brockovich about the possibility of lead in other cities, referencing states to the immediate east of the Mississippi River.

“I can tell you that Flint, Michigan is the tip of the iceberg,” Brockovich said. “I can tell you for certain this is a national crisis that we’re not getting ready to face – this crisis is already here.”

Brockovich said lead leaching is happening Sebring, Ohio; Louisiana; and there are rumors of lead-laced water in Wisconsin.

She blamed the trend on the use of chloramines and old infrastructure.

“We’ve been treating water differently with something called chloramines, which is very acidic,” Brockovich said. “Our infrastructure is very old. And it’s causing all the iron, the lead and the magnesium, and the copper and the everything in these pipes to leach out.”

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