About six months ago, just as Flint began to acknowledge its lead crisis, a water testing expert from an EPA task force predicted that “every major city east of the Mississippi” was underestimating lead levels in their water. A big report from the NRDC now confirms that about 18 million Americans are living with lead testing violations.
On Wednesday, prosecutors will announce the first criminal charges related tothe contaminated drinking water and subsequent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that killed 12 people in Flint, Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Just how many lead pipes are there in Flint, Michigan, where the water has been undrinkable because of high lead levels? Nobody knows.
“A lot of work is being done to even understand where the lead services lines fully are, so I would say any numbers you’re hearing at this point are still speculation,” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) said Wednesday.