Friday, June 3, 2016

DRINK UP: US CITIES CHEATING ON WATER TESTS TO HIDE DANGEROUS LEAD LEVELS

"If they cannot be trusted to protect little kids from lead in drinking water, what on Earth can they be trusted with?"
Sputnik - JUNE 3, 2016


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At least 33 American cities used tactics to make lead levels in drinking water appear lower than they actually are.
Cities including Boston, Portland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Milwaukee, Miami, Atlanta told residents to run their water slowly and let it run for 3 or 4 minutes before testing. Three city officials in Flint, Michigan, received felony charges for giving similar instructions.

Marc Edwards, a scientist from Virginia Tech who helped uncover the contamination, said that telling residents not to test their water until it had been run cold for several minutes skewed the results.

Edwards said “The differences in the tests are profound. If Flint had followed the test protocols, people would have immediately got instructions on how to keep themselves and their children safe.” He added that, “Because of the smoke-and-mirrors testing, Flint is meeting the standard even as national guardsman walk the street. This shows what a sham the EPA has allowed its tests to become. They are condoning cheating.”

Water departments in New Hampshire and Michigan were told to draw out testing as long as possible so they could conceal and resample results revealing high levels of lead. Some cities would not release lead pipe maps, denied knowledge of the location of lead pipes, or neglected to test the required number of homes. City employees in Chicago and Philadelphia were asked to do their own household testing.

Some cities claim that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) testing guidelines are unclear. The EPA’s instructions currently read:

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