[Mar 04 2016] EPA Update on Flint Testing

By Lee-Anne Walters

We begin the follow-up Virginia Tech sampling on Monday March 7, 2016! We are all very excited to be a part of this again. People can begin picking up their kits at these locations:

Bethel United Methodist Church, 1309 N. Ballenger Hwy, Flint MI

Monday 3/7/16 Tuesday 3/8/16 Wednesday 3/9/16 Thursday 3/10/16 Friday 3/11/16
1pm-4pm 4:00pm-7pm 1pm-4pm 4:00pm-7:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm

 Woodside Church, 1509 E. Court St, Flint MI

Monday 3/7/16 Tuesday 3/8/16 Wednesday 3/9/16 Thursday 3/10/16 Friday 3/11/16
5:00pm-8:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm 1:00pm-4:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm

Our last day for drop off will be Saturday March 12, 2016 at:

New Standard School, 2040 W. Carpenter Rd, Flint MI || Also, EPA Open House will take place here.

10:00am-5:00pm


 

This is also the same time and location for the EPA Open House I have been updating on. This will be a great chance for citizens to talk to scientists from the EPA and other experts, and find out about what is being done right now! There will be four specific areas that people can talk to experts about and ask questions on: Water Sampling incl. chlorine issues, System Recovery, Water Filters, and Health Issues. MDEQ will also be present to talk to citizens. Marc Edwards from Virginia Tech and Miguel Del Toral from EPA will be at this meeting, along with other experts.


 

On Monday (March 7), EPA will also be extracting a lead service line for the pipe loop testing. The pipe will be extracted in a gentle manner so that the scale inside the pipes can be extracted and sent out to a laboratory in Oregon for testing of heavy metals. This will help us understand what is going on. The pipe will be installed immediately for the pipe loop testing so we can begin to study the water the right way in a controlled setting. I have been asked to be there for this extraction and will update next week with pictures.

Lots of stuff happening and all great things!

2 thoughts on “[Mar 04 2016] EPA Update on Flint Testing

  1. Hello,

    I have been asking the MDEQ for answers to two simple questions for quite a while now with no answwers. The questions are:
    1.) Are you seeing any rising trends in chloride numbers in Michigan municipal wells in Michigan over the last 20 years?
    2.) What is your sense on the research that seems to point to the possible mobilization of heavy metals due to road salt?

    Over the years I have seen huge amounts of road salt applied in the Flint area and all over most cities in Michigan. I can’t be the only one wondering about what this might be doing. We have been doing it for a LONG time now.

  2. Is there any way the Saturday March 12 EPA Open House can be Live Streamed?
    -Paul Rastrelli
    Irvine, CA
    We stand behind you, and are eyes are watching how you are being treated. Much love from California.

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