Family upset over lack of legislation on lead limit - WNEM TV 5

Family upset over lack of legislation on lead limit

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This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM) This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM)

"It's been two years and we're still going through the same thing," said Tammy Loren, Flint resident dealing with water crisis.

TV5 has been following her and her family since April after they learned her four sons experienced worsening medical conditions stemming from lead-tainted water.

Now some feel the state is dragging its feet on legislation to lower limits on lead in drinking water because it's an election year.

"Disgusted. It's putting more of us at risk every day," Loren said.

The federal action level for lead in drinking water is 15 parts per billion. In April, Gov. Rick Snyder wanted to lower that standard to 10 ppb, the toughest in the nation. The legislature has yet to act.

Meanwhile, Loren said her kids are still dealing with the effects of drinking lead-tainted water.

"We've seen the mental changes. The mental changes in school. The behavior all around has changed completely. They're not the same kids," she said.

Elijah Loren is one of those kids. He said the lead in his system makes life difficult.

"It's harder for me to do certain things. Like I get tired quickly and when I try to think it's hard," he said.

Kenneth McCloud is Elijah's father. He said it's easy to be angry about the situation they find themselves in, but staying upbeat is what he chooses to do.

"I'm doing the right thing by going out promoting positive messages and uniting with people and trying to tackle this issue that we've been facing from day one," McCloud said.

Snyder blames the lack of new legislation on it being an election year. He hopes a new bill might be introduced in January.

Meanwhile, Loren said this is no time for political posturing. She wants to see lawmakers do their job and protect the young people in their state.

"If this happened to their children they would be saying a different thing," Loren said.

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