Michigan Ignored ‘Conclusive Evidence’ Of Flint Lead Poisoning, Researcher Says

22 Dec

Michigan state officials insisted that the water supply in Flint was safe even though they knew an unusual number of children had suffered lead poisoning, according to a scientist who helped blow the whistle on Flint’s water crisis. Through a public records request, Marc Edwards, a civil engineering professor at Virginia Tech, uncovered a July 2015 memo warning of elevated lead levels in Flint kids’ blood. An internal report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services warned that lead poisoning rates “were higher than usual for children under age 16 living in the City of Flint during the months of July, August and September, 2014.” In April 2014, city and state officials switched Flint’s water source from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River, immediately prompting citizen complaints about tap water quality.

Source: Michigan Ignored ‘Conclusive Evidence’ Of Flint Lead Poisoning, Researcher Says

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