Michigan Still Defying Court Order To Deliver Clean Water To Flint Homes

Michigan Still Defying Court order To Deliver Clean Water To Flint Homes
Studies show that the majority of children living in Flint will suffer permanent brain damage from lead contamination from the Flint river.

AFRICANGLOBE – Several groups returned to federal court Wednesday and pushed for Michigan state and city officials’ compliance with a judge’s order to deliver bottled water to certain households in Flint.

A federal judge ordered state and city defendants to deliver water to homes without a “properly installed and maintained” water filter in November, but the defendants have yet to comply with the order, writes the news outlet:

The state has said the delivery is too expensive, unnecessary, and counterproductive because it would decrease use of filtered tap water, which helps to cleanse the piping system. State officials said in a recent court filing that the order should be revoked because lead levels in the tap water in Flint now meets or exceeds federal safety guidelines. At the same time, state officials continue to tell Flint residents not to drink the tap water without a filter.

Anna Heaton, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder, denied the state is dragging its feet. “We continue to work toward compliance with Judge Lawson’s order,” Heaton said Wednesday. “The state does not currently possess the network necessary to immediately provide bottled water delivery to each household.”

Heaton said teams of state workers and Flint residents who perform filter installation, maintenance and education have visited more than 13,000 homes since the judge’s order was issued in November, and the state continues to ramp up those efforts. She said requests for delivery of bottled water and filters are met within 24 hours and nine distribution centers are open, where residents can pick up free water.

U.S. District Judge David Lawson, who is managing the case with plaintiffs including the American Civil Liberties Union and Flint resident Melissa Mays, ordered the city and state to respond by Friday.

In related news, Gov. Rick Snyder approved the addition of $1.5 million to his contract for legal services with the defense firm preparing his case for fighting possible criminal charges stemming from the Flint water crisis, reported.

By: Roz Edward

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The state has said the delivery is too expensive, unnecessary, and counterproductive because it would decrease use of filtered tap water, which helps to cleanse the piping system. State officials said in a recent court filing that the order should be revoked because lead levels in the tap water in Flint now meets or exceeds federal safety guidelines. At the same time, state officials continue to tell Flint residents not to drink the tap water without a filter.

This would never happen if most of the residents there in Flint were WHITE.  They would have a state of the art water system in EVERY home regardless if the lead levels went back to standard levels.  They would do this to be on the SAFE side.  And ironically, these are taxpayers whose money pay the state employee's salary.  So we KNOW what this is....right?

 

Anna Heaton, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder, denied the state is dragging its feet. “We continue to work toward compliance with Judge Lawson’s order,” Heaton said Wednesday. “The state does not currently possess the network necessary to immediately provide bottled water delivery to each household.”

Yes the state is dragging its feet waiting for Trump to come in office officially.  But in the meantime it's an excuse to say they don't possess the network to carry the task.  They can get VOLUNTEERS to do it.  They can put out a bulletin asking for volunteers to help Flint's citizens get the water they need.  That?  The governor can do but don't want to.  He should be fired.  This reminds so much of what happened to the folks during the Karina crisis.

Heaton said teams of state workers and Flint residents who perform filter installation, maintenance and education have visited more than 13,000 homes since the judge’s order was issued in November, and the state continues to ramp up those efforts. She said requests for delivery of bottled water and filters are met within 24 hours and nine distribution centers are open, where residents can pick up free water.

I don't believe this.  Otherwise there would not continue to be an outcry from the citizens of Flint for CLEAN WATER.  The people of Michigan should not only be ASHAMED but outraged that one of their cities is BEING deliberately and inhumanely neglected.   I'm surprised that chronic/major  illnesses  haven't developed behind this.  If so, there should be a class act SUIT.  But! 

 

Hell, I wouldn't even trust any water filters they are providing.  

This "water crisis" in Flint is nothing but GERM WARFARE [experiment or outright] and a straight goddamnGENOCIDE attempt!!

The Governor and all "officials" involved should be in prison, and I hope that every Flint resident affected [and infected] is suing the hell out of this state and local government.  

If Flint residents are smart, they will have their doctor test them from many, many, other diseases and viruses, because the Lead is only one (1) of the many toxins, poisons, germs and viruses Flint residents have been exposed to by their own government pumping filthy, dead body infested water into their homes, schools, childcare centers, hospitals, restaurants, businesses, clinics, doctors offices, churches, .  .  .  In fact, I think decease Flint residents, especially infants and children's bodies should be exhumed autopsied/re-examined for true cause and/or contributory causes of death.  

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A water filter from a home in Flint, Mich., that showed signs of corrosion and lead and copper particles.CreditLaura McDermott for The New York Times

The crisis in Flint, Mich., over lead in the city’s water supply has many focusing on the long-term effects of lead exposure for children there. Lead exposure in childhood can have lifelong consequences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasize that preventing exposure is critical, but so are prompt efforts to mitigate lead’s effects. Here are some common questions about lead and lead poisoning.

How Are People Exposed to Lead?

In 1978, lead was banned in paint and other consumer goods made and sold in the United States. But lead paint in old buildings remains one of the most common sources of lead exposure for both children and adults, often from the dust that may remain even after surfaces have been stripped or painted over.

Other sources include:

• Soil contaminated with lead or food grown in it

• Lead water pipes or those soldered with lead, which can leach into the water supply

• Some canned goods, if the cans are soldered with lead

• Paint on some imported toys

• Some jewelry

What Are the Symptoms of Lead Exposure?

Low levels of lead exposure usually have no obvious or immediate symptoms, which means it can go undetected. Butover time, even low levels of lead in blood can have profound effects on the brain and nervous system. Lower intelligence, difficulty in paying attention and with fine motor skills, and lower academic achievement have all been connected to elevated lead levels. Some studies have also linked lead exposure to violent behavior, and higher crime rates that can span at least two generations.

Is There a Treatment for Lead Poisoning?

There is no way of reversing damage done by lead poisoning, which is why pediatricians emphasize prevention. But a diet high in calcium, iron and vitamin C can help the body absorb less lead. And people with extreme lead poisoning can undergo chelation therapy, which involves injecting chemicals into the body that bind with lead so that it is excreted in urine. But research has found that chelation therapy cannot reverse damage already done to the brain or nervous system.

What Constitutes a Dangerous Level of Lead?

The C.D.C. now uses a reference level of 5 micrograms per deciliter to identify children with blood lead levels that are elevated. Before 2012, children were considered to have a blood lead level “of concern” if a test result indicated 10 or more micrograms per deciliter.Experts now say that no amount of lead in the blood is safe, and that even low levels of exposure can harm cognitive function and have other adverse effects. The C.D.C. recommends chelation therapy when a child’s blood lead level exceeds 45 micrograms per deciliter.

How Can I Tell if My Children or I Have Been Exposed to Lead?

Doctors recommend that children should be checked for lead with a blood test at age 1 and 2. But anyone at risk of exposure should be tested, including infants. Test results may not reflect the true extent of exposure, though, because lead does not linger in the blood for long before being absorbed by the bones and other organs.

Aside From Flint, Where Else Have Residents Been Exposed to Lead on This Scale?

Cities with an industrial past, including Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Chicago, have long histories of exposure to lead in the air, soil and water, an environmental legacy of decades of manufacturing.

State testing found that 65,000 children in Baltimore had dangerously high blood lead levels between 1993 and 2013.

In the past 20 years, the overall rate of lead poisoning in Chicago has dropped significantly. But a study this year found that lead exposure in nearly 60,000 children in Chicago had been linked to lower, or failing, reading and math scores in the Chicago Public Schools.

Marc Edwards, a Virginia Tech professor who was instrumental in exposing the problems in Flint, was able to document the presence of high levels of lead in blood samples taken from children in Washington between 2000 and 2003, which he linked to partly contaminated drinking water. A study in 2013 by Mr. Edwards found that Washington women suffered from an abnormally high rate of late-term miscarriages and spontaneous abortions during that same time period.

A paper Mr. Edwards wrote in 2009 ran counter to a report by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2004 that deemed Washington’s water safe to drink.

No water filter can filter out lead. None claim to do that on their label. Some filters use a resin to catch lead but the resin declines with use after not too long and lead can get through – especially where there’s too much of it in the water.  No doubt of this! That’s why the best a filter can do is claim limited lead reduction. It’s limited. What works is either reverse osmosis or a water distiller.  That kind of unit will provide safe drinking water. The best water filters do not remove lead. This is an indisputable fact. 

DennisKalita posted:

No water filter can filter out lead. None claim to do that on their label. Some filters use a resin to catch lead but the resin declines with use after not too long and lead can get through – especially where there’s too much of it in the water.  No doubt of this! That’s why the best a filter can do is claim limited lead reduction. It’s limited. What works is either reverse osmosis or a water distiller.  That kind of unit will provide safe drinking water. The best water filters do not remove lead. This is an indisputable fact. 

 

That fact just goes to show you just how bought and paid for America's [corporate owned and operated] media is, otherwise, all of those facts would have been stated in each and every 'media'/'news' report on this Flint "water crisis'.  So, America's "mainstream" media is a complicit co-conspirator in the gross abuse of authority exercised by Michigan's governor, EPA and local government to poison an entire city of American citizens.

So, who exactly does this sick, twisted, governor and his crony co-conspirators think they are fooling by having the "mainstream" media to continually parrot, "water filters", "water filters" while deliberately refraining from even mentioning that the citizens of Flint are still being poisoned by their own government.

We stopped drinking tap water a long time ago; hell, I don't even cook with tap water now that I live in a city that is predominately Black.  

I would strongly suggest to African Americans that live in predominately Black cities to NOT drink the tap water, to buy distilled [preferably alkaline] water for drinking and cooking, and still use only filtered water for anything else.  

  I agree.  I have a filter for my kitchen and I still don't trust the green light.  I brought it to wash my dishes.  I still use bottled water and have since the 1994 Earthquake in Cali.  I have a sensitive nose and when something doesn't smell right?  I'm not putting it up to my lips.  I also have a filter on my bathtub but it keeps falling off cuz it's not designed for a bathtub faucet but I make my dude put it back on anyway.  Yes, it's psychological.  But I feel better about the water touching my skin.  The Flint crisis made me thankful and appreciate having access to water even though I don't drink it.  In fact, I will never drink it.   Can't! My conscious won't let me.  But!

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