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Nonprofit: Concerning levels of chemicals found in water

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State and federal officials have said for months that Flint water was safe to bathe in.

But a non-profit group, Water Defense, did its own independent studies on the water being pumped into Flint homes.

The results are back and they're concerning.

Scott Smith is the chief technology officer and investigator for the organization.

Smith said he took samples from four homes in the city and a hotel and found dangerous chemicals in the tainted water flowing through bathtubs and showers, including volatile chemicals that can actually penetrate the skin.

"We found in bathtubs and showers very concerning levels of chloroform and trihalomethanes, and the bottom line is simple, that no one should have to bathe in any amount of lead, in any amount of chloroform, or in any amount of trihalomethanes," Smith said. "I have never seen these types of chemicals, let alone the levels, in bathtubs and showers."

Smith said chloroform is a suspected carcinogen and exposure during bathing raises potential health concerns.

He said though his results raise concerns, a more comprehensive study needs to be done to get the whole picture.

Late on Thursday, the state responded to the report, and says they continue to monitor the quality of water.

The state Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Health and Human Services work to monitor the quality of resident’s water and to provide the proper follow up guidance on health and wellness.  While we look forward to reviewing the data on the organizations website we invite the organization to share more information on their testing protocols and background data for our review.

The organization released their results on their website

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