Michael Moore (born Michael Francis Moore on April 23, 1954 in Flint Michigan) has been trying to blame Toronto garbage for the high lead levels in the Flint, Michigan drinking water supply. All the experts agree that the lead issue was a direct result of a lack of appropriate water treatment. According to an expert quoted in the Toronto Star "if Flint had added orthophosphate, i.e. practiced federally mandated corrosion control treatment, the damage to water infrastructure and lead contamination could have been avoided."
My first thought, when it came to Flint Michigan admitting to high levels of lead content in their drinking water, was the automotive industry. For the longest time this was a city that relied heavily on the production of cars for their economic stability. Michigan had so many automotive plants that today four out of ten locations listed in an article featuring The Ten Most Unbelievable Abandoned Car Factories acknowledge their current lack of production..
Honestly, it didn't take longer than a single Google search to find independent verification that "[t]he use of lead in cars accounts for the largest remaining source of lead pollution ... One car component, the lead starter battery, is responsible for the majority of current lead use in the world." The report (released in July 2003) was co-authored by both the New York based Environmental Defence and the Michigan based Ecology Center.
Whether, the claims made in the Toronto Star article are accurate, or the lead levels in the surrounding soil have eaten through the pipes, it's a big stretch to blame Flint Michigan's water problems on Toronto garbage.
Maybe Michael Moore had a brain fart just before he opened his mouth. (I've done it. It can be quite embarrassing.) Maybe he was just feeling really defensive the day he decided to blame Toronto (It's always easier to point a finger than to acknowledge the three pointing back at us.). Maybe his ego was bruised. (To many of us he is the documentary superhero. Maybe he started to buy into that whole notion of invincibility. On the other hand, he didn't expect kryptonite when he turned on his kitchen tap either.)
In the meantime, Michael has become the face of Flint Michigan. I think we all expected "Moore" of him.