A choose has dismissed state officers from a lawsuit over previous lead contamination in ingesting water in a small southwest Michigan metropolis
September 28, 2023 at 3:49 pm
Benton Harbor, Michigan– A federal choose on Thursday dismissed state officers from a lawsuit over previous lead contamination in ingesting water in a small southwest Michigan metropolis, however stated the case might proceed towards metropolis officers, together with the mayor.
Residents’ attorneys in contrast Benton Harbor to Flint, the place lead contaminated town’s water system in 2014-15. However US District Decide Hala Jarbou stated there have been important variations.
The state had a hands-on position in switching Flint’s water supply to the Flint River after which didn’t require remediation to scale back corrosion from outdated pipes. However such a job didn’t exist in Benton Harbor.
Jarbou stated that the state’s regulatory authorities “didn’t create a water drawback within the metropolis.”
Jarboe stated the lawsuit, which alleges violations of federal rights, might proceed at this early stage towards Mayor Marcos Muhammad and former water plant director Michael O’Malley. They deny deceptive the general public about water high quality.
For 3 years in a row, assessments of Benton Harbor’s water system have revealed very excessive ranges of lead within the water. Lead may be particularly dangerous to younger youngsters, stunting their growth and decreasing IQ scores.
An getting old water system, few customers and different issues brought on result in leak from pipes in Benton Harbor, a majority-Black neighborhood of fewer than 10,000 individuals, specialists stated. Water from Lake Michigan flows into the remedy plant.
“Practically all lead service traces have been changed below state oversight, and the state continues to have interaction residents about their water high quality,” Legal professional Basic Dana Nessel stated.
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