Professor: Emails show state knew of high lead levels in Flint water
In emails published by Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards, presented claims the state knew about the high levels of lead in Flint's water and then hid vital information from the public. In the over 150 pages of emails uploaded to Edward's website, there are claims that members of the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Health and Human Services already knew about the high lead levels from their own tests and they also acknowledged that lead levels were 10 times higher than previous months.
"I just think the public has a right to know what happened," said Edwards. "and hopefully that people can take steps to make sure something like this never ever happens again"
Professor Edwards also stated that these documents will show support to Hurley Medical Center's doctor Mona Hanna-Attisha's studies and conclusions even though they would not publically endorse it. When presented with the documents and there contents, Brad Wurfel, the Director of Communications for the DEQ vehemently denied the connection between the city's water and the high blood lead levels
"The connection between water and blood is there's other sources of lead getting into kids' blood. " Wurful said. "Historically lead has represented approximately less than 20 percent on the average of lead found in kids' blood as the source...it's not the big source historically.
More emails are scheduled to be released in January of 2016.