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Judge Says US Government Can Be Sued for Flint Water Crisis
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Saturday, 20 April 2019 12:53

Excerpt: "A judge says the federal government can be sued by Flint residents who blame the Environmental Protection Agency for waiting too long to intervene in the city's water crisis."

LeeAnne Walters shows water samples from her Flint home. (photo: AP)
LeeAnne Walters shows water samples from her Flint home. (photo: AP)


Judge Says US Government Can Be Sued for Flint Water Crisis

By Associated Press

20 April 19


A judge says the federal government can be sued by Flint residents who blame the Environmental Protection Agency for waiting too long to intervene in the city's water crisis

judge says the federal government can be sued by Flint residents who blame the Environmental Protection Agency for waiting too long to intervene in the city's water crisis.

Federal Judge Linda Parker didn't determine whether EPA employees were negligent when Flint's water system became contaminated with lead in 2014 and 2015. The decision at this stage is more narrow, with the judge saying Thursday that the government isn't immune to a lawsuit.

Parker says EPA employees knew lead was leaching from old pipes because Flint's water wasn't being properly treated. She says the EPA also knew that Michigan regulators were misleading residents about the quality of the water.

The judge says the "lies went on for months."

The Associated Press sent an email to the EPA seeking comment Friday.

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+6 # chapdrum 2019-04-20 19:24
Maybe those directly responsible will be sued; that'll always be the dream.
 
 
+2 # chemtex2611 2019-04-20 23:12
Nothing done now will undo the harm done to the children. The lead molecules are integrated into their teeth and bones. Their brains are damaged for the rest of their lives. These children and their parents deserved better from their State health authorities and the EPA. No one stood up for the health and education of OUR children. This failure effects the gross national product of the whole nation for the rest of these children's lives.

Where have our caring, thoughtful citizens been hiding? Why were there not dozens of Michigan and EPA employees speaking out about what was happening? What were the administrators thinking? What do they think there job is?
 
 
+4 # Citizen Mike 2019-04-21 07:48
I think criminally negligent manslaughter is the correct term for what the Flint water officials did, and they ought to be held responsible as individuals.