Emails reveal state knew 8 months ago about lead issues in Flint water

Pregnant women, nursing mothers, school children, the elderly.. lead poisoning is not a rash that goes away with some sort of medicinal salve. For some people in Flint this will be a lasting legacy of ill-health.

Emails show feds warned state

in February of leaching lead in Flint

By Ron Fonger |
on October 19, 2015 at 5:15 PM, updated October 20, 2015 at 10:45 AM

FLINT, MI — The federal government told the state more than seven months ago that the chemistry of Flint River water was apparently causing transmission pipes to leach contaminants such as lead into city water, according to emails among environmental regulators.

But the state Department of Environmental Quality continued to operate under the incorrect assumption Flint wasn’t required to develop and implement plans for controlling corrosion, something the agency didn’t acknowledge was a mistake until Monday, Oct. 19.


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