Another predominantly Black Michigan city has been warned about toxic drinking water মাত্র just seven years after the Flint water crisis.
October 14, Govt. Gretchen Whitmer The “full-government” response was called for at Benton Harbor three years after the first report of high levels of lead in tap water, NBC News reported.
Just a week ago, his administration urged residents to use bottled water. He is now promising to step up efforts to replace lead pipes when state and local officials were criticized for mismanaging the crisis.
“This full government response will move forward immediately and rush to claim this threat,” Whitmer wrote in a directive.
The governor’s order mandates free or low-cost lead-related services, including health care, for Benton Harbor residents, mostly low-income communities that are 84 percent black.
This urgent action comes after the first concern was raised about contaminated water in 201 ur Detroit News. Every year since then, pollution levels have remained high.
The federal threshold for emergency response to lead pollution is 15 parts per billion.
In 2018, eight cells were tested above 15 ppb, with a maximum level of 60 ppb measured. Three years later, 11 homes have been tested above 15 ppb with a maximum of 889 ppb registered.
Related: The Michigan Flint Water Crisis has reportedly reached $ 600 million
Lead exposure, even at low levels, can harm children, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. It can lead to behavioral and learning problems, low IQ and slow growth.
“It’s too late to see blood lead data” Hana-atisha, A Flint pediatrician who has faced the Flint water crisis, according to MLive.com. “We don’t need further proof that there is a problem here.”
In April 2011, to save money, Flint officials began drawing water from the Flint River. Corroded pipes transfer lead to drinking water. Although residents complained about the smell, taste and other problems of the water, city officials insisted it was safe.
In September 2015, a team of doctors warned the city about high levels of lead in children’s blood. State regulators, ignoring those warnings, insisted the water was fine until the scandal broke across the country.
State and Flint residents reached a 600 600 million deal in 2020.