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Flint mom teams up with activist groups in water crisis suit

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“What happened to my family, what my children will go through for the rest of their lives, should not have happened,” said Melissa Mays.

Mays, a Flint resident fed up with the drinking water, is teaming up with activist groups to sue the city over the crisis.

This lawsuit announced on Wednesday combines the forces of the ACLU of Michigan, Concerned Pastors for Social Action, and the National Resources Defense Council.

“We need court oversight to fix this problem because we can't rely on state officials to do so. State officials are responsible for this disaster,” said Michael Steinberg, ACLU legal director.

With the lawsuit, the group said the city violated the safe water drinking act.

“We are not seeking monetary damages in connection with this lawsuit, but foreword thinking action from the state officials that are overseeing Flint's receivership and the city to clean up Flint's drinking water,” said Dimple Chaudhary, senior attorney for the National Resources Defense Council.

The lawsuit alleges city and state were not using proper corrosion control, failed to monitor the water at the taps, and did not properly notify citizens of test results.

The lawsuit also seeks to replace all of Flint's lead service lines.

A representative for the NRDC said treatment methods like the state is suggesting won't be enough.

“We think there is damage to the pipes that is irreversible and we think it is appropriate to replace the lead service lines here at no cost to residents,” Chaudhary said.

This lawsuit is the fourth filed over Flint's lead-tainted water.

Mays said this lawsuit brings some justice to the residents of Flint.

“The failures of these agencies to monitor, properly test and notify us the water isn't safe is horrifying. The families of Flint deserve better,” Mays said.

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