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Why it Was Necessary to File Criminal Charges in Flint Water Crisis

Flint Michigan.jpgMichigan's Attorney General has criminally charged more than 50 people over the deplorable government behavior that stripped the families of Flint of their clean water from Lake Huron, and substituted dangerous, lead contaminated water from the Flint River.

How Many People Got False Assurances from Faulty Lead Testing?

blood-1761832_1920.jpgThe FDA has just issued a warning that certain tests for lead in blood drawn from patients' veins since 2014 may have falsely assured those patients that they were not suffering from lead contamination when, in fact, they were. The suspect tests were those typically conducted in doctors' offices, and using a testing method associated with a company known as Magellan Diagnostics.

Flint Threatens to Evict Thousands for Failing to Pay for Lead-Poisoned Water

glass-of-water-252x300.jpgYes. You read that correctly. First, the State of Michigan and City of Flint took away Flint residents' clean water. Then they substituted lead-contaminated water. Now, the City of Flint has just sent notices to 8,000 Flint residents threatening that, if the residents don't pay for the lead-contaminated water, Flint may evict them from their homes. Government deliberately tries to hurt citizens, and then demands that they pay for the privilege. I don't know whether this awful behavior is explained by (more) racism directed to the (mostly African American) residents of Flint, or by the most clueless and callous government bureaucracy imaginable. Or both. For the moment, anyway, it doesn't matter. It needs to stop. And whoever had the idea to bill people for poisoned water needs to get fired.

Naperville Homeowners with Lead Service Lines Must "Get the Lead Out"

The City of Naperville has recently identified some 341 Naperville homes with lead water service lines. The City has yet to test 143 other homes that likewise may have lead service lines. Homes with lead service lines in Naperville would typically have been built before 1930-when the City outlawed lead in the service lines of newly-constructed homes. It is possible that some homes built after 1930, but before 1986, also have lead service lines, because in 1986, lead in service lines was outlawed nationally. 1

TEST ILLINOIS SCHOOLS FOR LEAD IN THE DRINKING WATER: PROTECT THE KIDS.....AND STOP BICKERING ABOUT WHO PAYS FOR IT!

Illinois legislators have an opportunity this fall to do something important and help to regain some of the public's trust in government. They can pass a bill to test for lead in the drinking water at Illinois' schools. (Yes, believe it or not, no such testing is currently required....as if we needed a reason to think even less of the state's leadership.)

"Willful" Exposure of Workers to Lead and Other Toxins Demands the Personal Accountability of Company Executives

This is about how to send the right message to a company that is alleged to have willfully endangered the health of workers.

JUST THE LATEST REASON FOR AMERICANS TO BE ANGRY AT THE POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT: Members of Congress Immediately Protect Themselves Against Possible Lead Exposure, While "Regular" Americans are Routinely Denied Environmental Protection

Day after day these days, we see expressions of clueless bewilderment from government officials: "Why are the people so mad at us?" "Why do they hate us?" "Why are they so anxious to throw us out of office?"

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