Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Benton Harbor water crisis is the ‘ultimate inexcusable repeat of history,’ 3rd lawsuit says

BY:  - JANUARY 11, 2022 3:58 PM

 Benton Harbor residents wait to pick up bottled water Oct. 15. | Anna Gustafson

State officials’ decisions around the water crisis in Benton Harbor, including allegedly pushing off a corrosion control study, left “thousands of people to drink and use knowingly unsafe lead-contaminated water,” according to a new class-action lawsuit. 

“It has been less than six years since the declaration of emergency that made the Flint water crisis worldwide news,” states the 44-page lawsuit filed with the Michigan Court of Claims on Dec. 29. “Unthinkably, here we are again. In the nation’s most water-rich state, lead-contaminated municipal water in a majority African American city has once again been pumped into the homes and bodies of thousands of people, including vulnerable children. This case involves the ultimate inexcusable repeat of history.”

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