Shared from the 2017-05-05 Chattanooga eEdition

Queen Latifah to star in film about Flint water crisis

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Queen Latifah speaks during the 2017 Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center last month.

TORONTO — Queen Latifah is hoping her role in a movie about the Flint water crisis will bring more attention to what she calls one of the great American tragedies of this century.

Latifah said Thursday during filming in Toronto that American officials including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder acted for too long as if the water crisis did not exist, and that someone should be in jail for it.

Flint’s water was tainted with lead for at least 18 months, starting in spring 2014. While under the control of state-appointed financial managers, the city of nearly 100,000 tapped the Flint River as its water source while a new pipeline was being built to Lake Huron. But the river water wasn’t treated to reduce corrosion, allowing lead from old pipes and other fixtures to leach into the drinking water.

“There were a bunch of people who knew about it and then didn’t do anything,” Latifah said between takes.

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