Demonstrators protest over the Flint, Michigan contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan, March 6, 2016 (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook).
A federal judge ruled that the federal government can be sued for the Flint water crisis. Residents of Flint, Michigan have filed several lawsuits, including class-action cases, against officials for failing to intervene sooner in the city’s water crisis.
US Judge Linda V. Parker ruled on April 18 that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not protected from being sued for Flint’s water system becoming contaminated with lead in 2014 and 2015. Lawsuits against the EPA claim the agency “negligently responded to the water crisis.”
“The impact on the health of the nearly 100,000 residents of the City of Flint remains untold,” Parker wrote in the opinion. “It is anticipated, however, that the injury caused by the lead-contaminated public water supply system will affect the residents for years and likely…
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