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State cites former Flint water service line contractor for soil erosion at old dump site

FLINT, MI – A former contractor that excavated water service lines in Flint has been cited by the state for not having a soil erosion and sediment control permit for property it owns in the city, a site that was used to dump construction waste.



a train traveling down train tracks near a forest: The state of Michigan has cited former Flint water service line contractor WT Stevens for a dumping ground in the city that was created without a permit. The dumping ground is seen here on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 on Flint's north side.


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The state of Michigan has cited former Flint water service line contractor WT Stevens for a dumping ground in the city that was created without a permit. The dumping ground is seen here on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 on Flint’s north side.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy notified W.T. Stevens Construction Inc. of its violation of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act for its property in the area of Premier Street and East Mott Avenue, just east of Horton Avenue, in a Sept. 30 letter. That’s near I-475 and East Pierson Road on the city’s north side.



a tree in a forest: The state of Michigan has cited former Flint water service line contractor WT Stevens for a dumping ground in the city that was created without a permit. The dumping ground is seen here on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 on Flint's north side.


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The state of Michigan has cited former Flint water service line contractor WT Stevens for a dumping ground in the city that was created without a permit. The dumping ground is seen here on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 on Flint’s north side.

The company was awarded contracts worth more than $27 million to replace lead and galvanized water service lines in Flint starting in 2017.

For most of this year, the company and the city have been locked in disagreements over the condition of the former dump site, and in August and September, the Genesee County Drain Commissioner’s Office also issued notices of violation for the company’s property, alleging it failed to obtain a soil erosion and sediment control permit and to adequately install and maintain erosion and sediment control on site.



a person sitting on a rock: The state of Michigan has cited former Flint water service line contractor WT Stevens for a dumping ground in the city that was created without a permit. The dumping ground is seen here on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 on Flint's north side.


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The Flint Water Crisis Has A Wellness Design Component

You probably know the rough outlines of this debacle: “Officials in Flint, Michigan, were looking for a cheaper source of water when they stopped piping in water from the city of Detroit in 2014 and switched to using the Flint River. But the money-saving move proved disastrous for residents. The water was laden with lead, bacteria and other contaminants, and it took the government more than a year to address the water crisis.” This is how Consumernotice.org, a nonprofit advocacy organization based in Orlando, describes the origin story of a man-made disaster that impacted many of the 98,565 residents of this midwestern city six years ago. (Today, there are 94,867 residents.)

Local Impacts

“The City of Flint and its residents have endured a lot of health issues and heartbreaking times,” observes Mark Eneix, third generation resident and owner of Glendale Construction and Glendale Realty, founded by his grandfather in 1922. “We have had multi-family rental housing in Flint since the early 1960s and still do today.”

Eneix says his firm’s properties were less impacted than many others in the area as they addressed the water situation early on. “The tenants were supplied with water filtration for drinking water and bottled water was supplied at various locations throughout the city. We did not run into any issues with the supplied filtration systems hooking up to our existing faucets, although we heard that some residents were not as lucky.” He heard correctly, though affected residents will

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