Two new class-action lawsuits on behalf of Flint citizens, who believe they were exposed to lead-tainted water and Legionella bacteria, were announced Tuesday afternoon at the University of Michigan-Flint campus. The lawsuits, which list four Flint families as plaintiffs, name Gov. Rick Snyder, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the state Department of Environmental Quality and several government officials. Flint is beset by a lead-contaminated water system stemming from the city’s switch to Flint River water in April 2014 while under control of a Snyder-appointed emergency manager.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.