US Supreme Court Allows Flint Lawsuit to Proceed

Earlier today the US Supreme Court “… let residents of Flint, Michigan pursue a civil rights lawsuit against the city and government officials that accused them of knowingly allowing the city’s water supply to become contaminated with lead.  The justices turned away two appeals by the city and the state and local officials of a lower court ruling that allowed the lawsuit to move forward. The lower court rejected a demand for immunity by the officials, finding that they violated the residents’ right to “bodily integrity” under the U.S. Constitution by providing the tainted water after switching water sources in a cost-cutting move in 2014.” [Reuters, January 21, 2020]

Links to articles presented below.

Reuters:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-flint-idUSKBN1ZK1S5?utm_source=reddit.com

CBS News:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/flint-water-crisis-supreme-court-turns-away-cases-lead-contamination/

MLive:

https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2020/01/us-supreme-court-wont-hear-case-related-to-flint-water-crisis.html

Michigan National Public Radio:

https://www.michiganradio.org/post/major-court-victory-flint-residents-suing-over-water-crisis

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Dr. Askenaizer leads WQTS’ work on regulatory compliance support for many of our water agencies clients. Dr. Askenaizer tracks water quality and treatment regulations at the Federal and State levels and provides regulatory updates to our clients. Dr. Askenaizer has strong expertise in the development of Regulatory Monitoring and Compliance Plans (RMCPs), which he has completed for a number of water agencies. He has also been working on a number of projects dealing with the development of distribution system monitoring plans and review of nitrification control strategies. Prior to joining WQTS, Dr. Askenaizer was the Water Quality Manager for the Glendale Water and Power. Under his leadership, the Water Quality Group conducted a demonstration-scale study of chlorite for nitrification control and a pilot-scale study of biological treatment for removal of nitrate. Dan has 30 years of experience working on projects dealing with regulatory, water quality and public health issues. Dan has given numerous presentations at workshops and round-tables across the country for water utilities. Dan was instrumental in developing and implementing a Mentoring Program for water staff and was involved in a Sustainable Development team.