"What that allowed the states to do was to continue to lie to the people, to tell them to basically…not be concerned that the water was green and blue and yellow, that they should just quietly continue to consume," she said.
Coleman-Adebayo accused the EPA of regarding whistleblowers, including Del Toral, as enemies of the state.
"It's not just this generation that will be poisoned by the lead in the water in Flint, but lead has the characteristics of being able to affect the DNA, so this could be…poisoning of generations," she stressed.
"We are really looking at a genocidal act quite frankly…literally targeting the African-American community as well as the white working class community."
According to Coleman-Adebayo, the blame lies not just on local authorities, but on the federal government as well, because Obama administration political appointees knew about the situation and did nothing.
"My experience in the federal government is that we were all told just to shut up and to be very happy we had jobs at an agency like EPA," she said.
Coleman-Adebayo stated that the poisoning of drinking water in Flint is an act of terrorism, and called for the prosecution of those responsible.
"What we need to demand is that criminal enforcement brings charges against [EPA contractors] who had a hand in covering up and hiding this mass poisoning of children in Flint, Michigan."
On January 16 Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan, where the water has become contaminated with lead and other pollutants. To save money, officials had switched the water supply from the original Detroit source to the Flint River, known for its high corrosive salt content. Flint residents have been drinking poisoned water with dangerous levels of lead and other pollutants for almost two years.