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Lawmakers Look for Heads to Roll Over Lead Water Contamination in Flint, Michigan

The EPA revealed about 350 schools and day-care centers had lead in their water. (Image: Jeff Turner via flickr/CC BY 2.0)
The EPA revealed about 350 schools and day-care centers had lead in their water. (Image: Jeff Turner via flickr/CC BY 2.0)

Whenever children get thirsty after a sport class or during break, most of them will drink from the nearest water fountain at their school or day-care.

What seems like a very natural thing to do for a child that is thirsty is sending shivers down many parents’ backs, after the recent analysis by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that about 350 schools and day-care centers failed lead tests, according to USA Today.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy are under sharp fire, with an online media report stating that “the head of the EPA and the governor of Michigan faced calls to resign from angry lawmakers Thursday.”

One of the main faults that heated up the situation are allegations that McCarthy apparently failed “to require the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to move more quickly after lead was discovered in the tap water of some Flint homeowners.”

Watch this news report by CNN on how the Flint water crisis happened:

Snyder and McCarthy were both called to testify in front of the House Oversight Committee on March 17, and during the process of the hearing the two were very deeply scrutinized. Most notable was the outrage of the representatives about the lack of timely action from the both of them in relation to the discovery of dangerously high lead amounts in the Flint water supply system.

Both Gov. Snyder and McCarthy stand accused that they were aware of the water contamination long before they took any action.

Representative Matt Cartwright, who was conducting the questioning during the hearing was, however, unconvinced that the Michigan governor had only become aware of the water contamination at the time he first began taking measures against it.

More than one town

EPA records allegedly show that the lead contamination of public water is not just restricted to Flint, but imminent across the U.S.

According to a report by The Washington Post: “40 percent of the states that reported lead test results in 2014 have higher rates of lead poisoning among children than Flint.”

Up-to-date it is still difficult to determine how widespread the lead contamination of public drinking water in the U.S. really is. Experts say the “full scope […] may be impossible to determine.”

According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children that had the highest blood lead levels was in 1997, however numbers decreased over the years.

Watch this video from RT America as U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings blasts the Michigan State officials at the first congressional hearing on the matter:

Natural ways to get rid of lead from the body

Despite the grim news about the large amount of lead poisoned water across the country, there are unconfirmed methods that could help individuals to rid their bodies from lead.

According to the Natural Society, a simple mixture of cilantro and chlorella can help to chelate metals so that they are no longer circulating in the body.

Natural News reports that in 1970, before lead was banned from paint, the president of Nutritional International, Robert I. Lin of Irvine, California, successfully used garlic to detox lead from children.

As an old saying goes: “There is always light at the end of the tunnel.”

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