FLINT, Mich. (AP) – Two people who exposed problems from lead-tainted water in Flint have been selected for MIT Media Lab Disobedience awards.
Flint pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Virginia Tech University engineering professor Marc Edwards will receive the award Friday in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They will share a $250,000 cash prize.READ MORE: Ribs RnB Music Festival Kicks Off This Weekend In Downtown Detroit
An individual and two groups also will be honored as finalists.
Organizers say the award highlights effective, responsible, ethical disobedience across disciplines like scientific research, civil rights, freedom of speech and human rights.
Lead began leaching into Flint homes from old pipes after the city began using corrosive water from the Flint River in 2014.READ MORE: Judge Says Michigan Gov. Whitmer Won't Have To Testify In Abortion Lawsuit
Edwards found Flint’s water was corrosive and leaching lead. Hanna-Attisha reported high levels of lead in the blood of children.
Flint has since returned to Detroit’s water system.
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