26 Jan '16, 11am

US cities and states are twisting test results to downplay lead levels in municipal water

US cities and states are twisting test results to downplay lead levels in municipal water

The disclosed documents do not suggest that EPA regulations have necessarily been violated. Rather, the offending parties have failed to observe EPA safety guidelines. The documents have been released via Freedom of Information Act requests by Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou, researcher at Virginia Tech. Lambrinidou obtained these documents after serving on an EPA task force organized to review federal rules on lead and copper pollution that have been enforced since 1991. The documents demonstrate that cities and states have advised residents to use questionable methods when conducting official tests for lead content. “There are many ways to game the system,” says Lambrinidou. “In Flint, they went to test neighbourhoods where they knew didn’t have a problem. You can also flush the water to get rid of the lead. If you flush it before sampling, the problem will go away.”

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/us-cities-and-states-are-twisting-te...

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