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Class Action lawsuit filed against EPA in Flint water crisis

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A Class Action Administrative Complaint has been filed against the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on behalf of more than 500 Flint Residents.

The Flint Water Class Action Legal Team filed the complaint yesterday, seeking $220 million in damages in connection to the water crisis.

The suit has three claims:

  • First, the EPA was told in June, 2015 by its own water expert Miguel Del Toral that the lead contamination was systemic and widespread and that it was so injurious to the health and safety of Flint’s families and children that it would be, in his words, “bordering on criminal neglect” to fail to warn the residents of Flint that the water was poisoned. If the EPA had followed the advice of its own expert, many of the injuries to the people of Flint could have been avoided or minimized.
  • Second, Del Toral, as early as February 2015 informed the EPA that it was questionable whether the MDEQ and City of Flint were using corrosion control with the delivery of the Flint River water.  If the EPA had followed the lead of its own expert, it would have required the use of corrosion control in April of 2015 and many of the injuries to the people of Flint could have been avoided or minimized.
  • Third, Flint resident Jan Burgess reported to the EPA a major Environmental Violation in October, 2014 arising out of the switch to the Flint River as a source of drinking water.  A timely investigation into her allegations would have caused the EPA to take action, The investigation did not take place until April 9, 2016.   A timely response to the Report of Environmental violation would have prevented the injuries to the Flint water users.

Read the complaint for yourself below:

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