A federal judge ruled rules Flint residents can sue the federal government over the water crisis.
Judge Linda Parker of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan said the government is not immune from a lawsuit being filed against them.
But she did not rule on whether federal employees were negligent in addressing Flint’s contaminated water crisis.
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— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 20, 2019
A federal judge ruled Thursday that Flint citizens can move forward with lawsuits targeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of the Michigan city’s lead contamination problems.
The EPA under former President Barack Obama was too slow to intervene in the case, according to U.S. Judge Linda Parker, who ruled that the federal government was not immune from legal action in the case. More than a dozen lawsuits were filed against Michigan and city officials after researchers discovered in 2016 that Flint’s water contained elevated levels of lead in 2014 and 2015.
“The impact on the health of the nearly 100,000 residents of the City of Flint remains untold,” Parker wrote in her opinion. “It is anticipated, however, that the injury caused by the lead-contaminated public water supply system will affect the residents for years and likely generations to come.”
The EPA knew Flint officials “were not warning Flint’s residents that they were being supplied lead-laced water. Quite to the contrary, the EPA learned that State and local officials were misleading residents to believe that there was nothing wrong with the water supply,” the judge added.
Fifteen state and local officials have been criminally indicted in connection with what many in the media have dubbed a water crisis. Four of the officials were charged with involuntary manslaughter. Much of the controversy happened after Flint switched its water source to the Flint River in 2014 without adding anti-corrosive agents to the water. Lead levels in drinking water supplies increased shortly thereafter. More
The federal government did not install their water system, their elected Democrat local government did. The lawyers are just looking for some “deep pockets” to sue because those responsible don’t have any real money.
Perhaps they should be glad the EPA was not handling their water supply as they did with the Animas River, that was also under the Obama regime.
They need to be able to sue Obama for pretending to drink the tainted water and telling them the water is safe.
— Barb Dwyer (@marindmode) April 20, 2019
Flint officials asked the Obama administrations EPA for help and it only took 18 months for them to respond!
Sue the ones who were there in 2016.
— Matt Musal (@mpmusal) April 20, 2019