Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States has given the green light to the prosecution of two class actions involving residents of the city of Flint, whose drinking water network has been permanently contaminated with lead. The residents of the former industrial city, now a symbol of social injustice in the United States, had taken officials from the city and the state of Michigan to court.
Flint residents may demand justice
The city of Flint’s and the State Of Michigan’s officials had obtained the invalidation of the proceedings against them in the first instance but an Ohio court of appeal subsequently overturned this decision in July 2017.
The Supreme Court in Washington has judged this Monday that the procedures should continue, allowing the Flint resident to demand justice.
The Supreme Court has also rejected arguments made by the City of Flint, Genesee County, and Michigan environmental policymakers.
The city of Flint will permanently have water contaminated with lead
The lead-contaminated water in the city of Flint is one of the worst health scandals in recent years in the United States.
The tragedy was caused by the decision of local authorities to change the city’s water supply source in 2014, as a cost-saving measure. Thus, the acidic and polluted water of the local rivers were preferred over the pure water of the nearby Lake Michigan.
The water has been introduced in the city’s distribution system and exposed the city of Flint’s residents to lead poisoning. Besides, the lead remained on the pipes of the water network and only a complete change of the city of Flint water distribution network could completely remove the harmful metal.
Even more, the lead poisoning affected thousands of children in Flint and, thus, exposed them to serious illnesses with will follow them for decades.
Even though it will not change much since the contaminated water and the lead exposure will remain permanent, at least, the city of Flin residents can now demand justice from the US authorities.