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Amid Crisis, Questions About Environmental Injustice; Zika Virus; Niagara's Plans for Bloomfield

Feb 1, 2016

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission announced it will hold hearings to see whether discrimination played a role in the handling of Flint’s water crisis. The decision came early last week, amid allegations of environmental racism against the city’s largely black community.

This hour -- from Flint, Michigan to New Haven, Connecticut -- we learn about the environmental justice issues affecting America's low-income communities of color. 

We also consider the impact of the Zika virus, and hear about a controversial water bottling facility planned for the town of Bloomfield, Connecticut.

GUESTS:

  • Aaron Morrison - Civil rights and diversity reporter for the International Business Times
  • Dr. Katie Martin - Assistant professor and director of the Public Health program at the University of Saint Joseph
  • Val Rossetti - Concerned Bloomfield resident
  • Senator Beth Bye - Represents Connecticut's 5th Senate District 

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John Dankosky and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.