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NAACP files lawsuit over Flint water crisis

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the people and businesses impacted by the water issues in Flint.

The 103-page suit alleges that the state of Michigan and city and state officials failed to detect the problems and treat the water properly, causing the lead contamination.

The plaintiffs include Flint residents and members of the local NAACP branch.

 “The people of Flint have been harmed through the failure of state officials to provide professional and accountable basic services mandated by federal law and expected by any person living in a major city,” said Cornell William Brooks, the national president and CEO of the NAACP. “Our organization stands with the citizens of Flint to demand a clear timeline, deadline and price tag for fixing this crisis as well as effective remedies for the harms that have already occurred and complete compensation for each and every victim of this unimaginable tragedy.” 

Governor Rick Snyder is named as an individual defendant in the suit, along with six former high-ranking officials with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and three men who were emergency managers during the prolonged exposure period.

Two engineering firms hired to analyze water in the city, Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam Inc. and Veolia North America, also failed to satisfy their professional duties and affirmatively worsened the extent of the lead exposure, according to the complaint.

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