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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 07:14 PM

Flint water crisis: expert says lead levels normal but warns against celebration

Source: Associated Press

Flint water crisis: expert says lead levels normal but warns against celebration

Associated Press in Flint, Michigan
Friday 15 September 2017 19.33 BST

An expert who has warned about dangerous lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water declared on Friday a qualified end to the crisis.

Virginia Tech researcher Marc Edwards made the announcement at a news conference two years to the day after he stood in front of Flint’s city hall with residents and other researchers to highlight a serious lead contamination problem in the financially struggling industrial city’s water supply.

Edwards acknowledged the symmetry of the situations yet cautioned against celebration. He recommended the continued use of filters and warned many residents would take a long time to regain trust in government officials who initially dismissed their concerns.

“Today, we have equally definitive data showing that the levels of these parameters currently in Flint water are now back to normal levels for a city with old lead pipes,” Edwards said.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/15/flint-water-crisis-lead-levels-marc-edwards

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