The Common Dreams article about an email by an employee who wanted to manipulate the lead testing data is followed by the list of more recent allegations against Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) workers. One can but wonder if the Mich DEQ also cheated on the results for the radionuclide levels for the Great Lakes? Water from Lake Huron-Michigan may actually be more dangerous, since they are dumping grounds for nuclear reactors and have slow water turnover (22 yrs). Bruce Generating Station on Lake Huron is the largest operating nuclear power station in the world right now. The lead problems appear to be due to lack of proper treatment of the Flint River water in conjunction with old lead pipes and not the Flint River water per se.
From Common Dreams:
“Michigan Official Tried to Manipulate Lead Tests—Eight Years Ago
In 2008, a Michigan environmental official told lead test technicians to “bump out” sky-high lead results by collecting more clean water samples
by Nika Knight, staff writer, Published on Wednesday, April 27, 2016
A newly resurfaced email demonstrates that in 2008 an official from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) tried to game lead tests by suggesting that technicians collect extra water samples to make the average lead count for a community appear artificially low.
The email was sent in response to a test result that showed one home’s lead levels were ten times the federal action level of 15 parts per billion, and urged the lead test technician to take an additional set of water samples to “bump out” the high result so that the MDEQ wouldn’t be required to notify the community of the high levels of lead in its water.
“Otherwise we’re back to water quality parameters and lead public notice,” complained Adam Rosenthal of the MDEQ’s Drinking Water office in the email.
The revelation comes less than a week after criminal charges were filed against three MDEQ employees for their role in Flint’s water crisis. Rosenthal was not one of those officials charged.
“Two MDEQ officials, Mike Prysby and Stephen Busch, were copied on Rosenthal’s 2008 email and last week both were charged with “misconduct in office, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, tampering with evidence, a treatment violation of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act and a monitoring violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act” in relation to the Flint water crisis, as MLive reported
The 2008 lead tests were taken at the Chateaux Du Lac Condominiums, a homeowners assocation in Fenton, Michigan, that operates on a private water system and has struggled periodically with high lead levels.
In his email, Rosenthal recommended the technician collect “a minimum of 5 more samples”—if those five extra samples measured below the federal action level, the system would have been in compliance and the government would not have been required to notify homeowners of the high lead test result.
“Chateaux still had to publish a public lead notice in 2008,” the Guardian notes, “and documentation shows that only five tests were performed, including the high test discussed in the email exchange.”
And so it appears the technician was not swayed by Rosenthal’s urging to manipulate lead test results in 2008, but critics charge that the habit of ignoring the public good in favor of bureaucratic convenience continued among Michigan government officials and directly contributed to the Flint disaster. […]” CC-BY-SA 3.0 http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/04/27/michigan-official-tried-manipulate-lead-tests-eight-years-ago The original article quotes extensively from the Guardian. Most of the quotes were removed and replaced with […]. The Guardian article may be found here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/27/michigan-employees-manipulate-water-samples-lead-testing We don’t see Busch in the email, only Prysby, but perhaps there were other email forwards. Note 1: http://web.archive.org/web/20160425083609/https://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,4534,7-164–382827–,00.html (After the last 7 should read – – , 00 . html (no spaces). It will not save correctly in wordpress. See also below.)
In “THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN
(1) STEPHEN BUSCH 01/15/1976
(2) MICHAEL PRYSBY 01/11/1963
(3) MICHAEL GLASGOW 10/20/1975
Victim or complainant LEEANNE WALTERS
Complaining witness JEFF SEIPENKO”
“COUNT 1 DEFENDANTS (01) (02) – COMMON LAW OFFENSES – MISCONDUCT IN OFFICE did between February 2015 and November 2015, commit misconduct in office, an indictable offense at common law, by willfully and knowingly misleading federal regulatory officials in the Environmental Protection Agency, including, but not limited to, Miguel Del Toral, and/or Genesee County Health Department officials, including, but not limited to, James Henry, in violation of his duty to provide clean and safe drinking water to the citizens of the County of Genesee, State of Michigan and to protect the public health; contrary to MCL 750.505. [750.505] FELONY: 5 Years and/or $10,000.00
COUNT 2 DEFENDANT (02) – COMMON LAW OFFENSES – MISCONDUCT IN OFFICE did on or about April 4, 2014, commit misconduct in office, an indictable offense at common law, by authorizing a permit to the Flint Water Treatment Plant knowing the Flint Water Treatment Plant was deficient in its ability to provide clean and safe drinking water for the citizens of the County of Genesee, State of Michigan; contrary to MCL 750.505. [750.505] FELONY: 5 Years and/or $10,000.00
COUNT 3 DEFENDANTS (01) (02) – CONSPIRACY – TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE did between January 2015 and November 2015, unlawfully conspire, combine, confederate and agree together and with persons, both known and unknown to the People of the State of Michigan, to commit an offense prohibited by law, to wit: Tampering with Evidence, including but not limited to, manipulating monitoring reports mandated by law; contrary to MCL 750.157a. [750.483A6A][C] FELONY: 4 Years and/or $10,000.00
COUNT 4 DEFENDANTS (01) (02) – TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE did knowingly and intentionally remove, alter, conceal, destroy, or otherwise tamper with evidence, to wit: reports titled “Lead and Copper Report and Consumer Notice of Lead Result” dated February 27, 2015 and/or July 28, 2015 and/or August 20, 2015; contrary to MCL 750.483a(6)(a). [750.483A6A] FELONY: 4 Years and/or $5,000.00
COUNT 5 DEFENDANTS (01) (02) – TREATMENT VIOLATION – MICHIGAN SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT did cease the utilization of optimal corrosion control treatment at the Flint Water Treatment Plant after the Plant switched to the Flint River as a water source and/or did refuse to mandate optimized corrosion control treatment at the Flint Water Treatment Plant in a timely manner after the lead action level was exceeded; contrary to MCL 325.1001. [325.1001] MISDEMEANOR: 1 Year and/or $5,000.00 for each day of violation
COUNT 6 DEFENDANTS (01) (02) – MONITORING VIOLATION – MICHIGAN SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT did improperly manipulate the collection of water samples by directing residents to “pre-flush” their taps by running the water for five minutes the night before drawing a water sample and/or did fail to collect required samples included in the Tier 1 category of service lines and/or did remove test results from samples to be included in the Lead and Copper Report and Consumer Notice of Lead Result; contrary to MCL 325.1001. [325.1001] MISDEMEANOR: 1 Year and/or $5,000.00 for each day of violation
COUNT 7 DEFENDANT (03) – TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE did knowingly and intentionally remove, alter, conceal, destroy, or otherwise tamper with evidence to be offered in an official proceeding, to wit: the report titled “Lead and Copper Report and Consumer Notice of Lead Result” dated February 27, 2015 and/or July 28, 2015 and/or August 20, 2015; contrary to MCL 750.483a(6)(a). [750.483A6A] FELONY: 4 Years and/or $5,000.00
COUNT 8 DEFENDANT (03) – WILLFUL NEGLECT OF DUTY did willfully neglect to perform a duty enjoined upon him by Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, to wit: by failing to perform the duties of an F-1 Certified Operator employed by the Flint Water Treatment Plant; contrary to MCL 750.478. [750.478] MISDEMEANOR: 1 Year and/or $1,000.00 ”
Lead was historically used as a sweetener and for cosmetics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead(II)_acetate Another heavy metal, Uranium, which itself eventually becomes lead, is also both sweet tasting and toxic. Uranium is both a chemical and radiological poison. Lead is a chemical poison – unless it’s radioactive lead, which does exist. The Flint problem appears to be both lack of treatment of the River water and lead piping. Lake Huron water is almost certainly more radioactive than the Flint River due to the nuclear reactors in Canada and the US and the slow turnover of the water. Huron is conjoined with Lake Michigan. Has the Mich DEQ cheated on the Great Lakes water test results too? Lake Huron must have incredibly high levels of tritium from the Bruce Generating Station alone, with its 8 CANDU reactors! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Nuclear_Generating_Station