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Researcher: Health officials hid evidence of lead in city's water crisis

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Did health officials try to cover up what they knew about lead problems in a city’s water system?

Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech researcher credited with drawing attention to Flint’s water crisis, and a team of scientists released a report alleging the state health department hid evidence of lead.

Now, community leaders like U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, are sounding off.

“It’s embarrassing and the state needs to right its wrong,” Kildee said.

In the report from Edwards and others in his team, they cite government documents which he said reveals the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services knew about excessively high lead levels found in Flint drinking water long before it was revealed to the public.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver repeated her outrage on Tuesday.

Just last week, Weaver called for a state of emergency in Flint. With the latest findings from the Virginia Tech researchers, she said she believes she has enough support that Lansing to make it happen.

“Once again, we are finally getting the right attention to what is really going on and what is needed to make Flint safe again,” Weaver said.

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