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A judge said the federal government can be sued by Flint residents who blame the Environmental Protection Agency for waiting too long to intervene in the city's water crisis.
Residents of Flint, Michigan, had filed the lawsuit against the EPA in 2017, claiming 'mishandling' of the widespread contamination of the city's local supply of drinking water which impacted thousands of its denizens beginning in 2014.
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The suit, in part, claimed that the EPA failed to appropriately use its authority under the Safe Drinking Water act, neglecting to intervene, investigate and warn residents about the health risks attached to drinking and using the city's contaminated water, according to the Detroit News.
In her opinion, which was released Thursday, Federal Judge Linda Parker didn't determine whether EPA employees were negligent when Flint's water system became contaminated with lead in 2014 and 2015.
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The decision at this stage was more narrow, the judge wrote, noting that the government isn't immune to a lawsuit.
Parker determined that 'The EPA was well aware that the Flint River was highly corrosive and posed a significant danger of lead leaching out of the city’s lead-based service lines at alarming rates into residents’ homes.'
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She also stated that, 'The EPA was well aware of the health risks posed by lead exposure, particularly to children and pregnant women. … Further, the EPA knew that (the...
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