Environmental Experts & Flint Michigan Class Action

Construction_Engineering_CBU0097EEnvironmental health and safety is often at the center of environmental lawsuits that involve hazardous chemicals or other forms of contamination. Environmental expert witnesses may consult on environmental science, water and waste treatment, toxicology, and environmental assessment. Flint, MI, is front and center in the national news with a state of emergency due to lead in the city’s tap water. On November 13, 2015, a class action lawsuit was filed by four Flint families on behalf of Flint citizens. Charged with personal injury and property damage are the state of Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder, and the city of Flint over alleged negligence in the Flint water crisis. The Natural Resources Defense Council states that officials knew of the risks involved with transferring the city’s water supply from Lake Huron to the contaminated Flint River, yet proceeded.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, pediatrician at Flint’s Hurley Medical Center, tested children with skin rashes and hair loss and found lead poisoning. Damage from high levels of lead is irreversible and children exposed may suffer lifelong after effects of exposure to the neurotoxin. In 2015, Virginia Tech Professor Marc Edwards determined that the Flint River water was 19 times more corrosive than the water pumped from Lake Huron by the Detroit water system.

The US District Court, Easter District of Michigan complaint reads:

This class action is pursued on behalf of tens of thousands of residents (“Class”) of the City of Flint (“Flint”), who from April 25, 2014 to the present, have experienced and will continue to experience serious personal injury and property damage caused by Defendants’ deliberate decision to expose them to the extreme toxicity of water pumped from the Flint River into their homes, schools, hospitals, workplaces and public places.

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