Melissa Mays Hosts Press Conference Debunking Flint Michigan Water Quality Testing, on December 13, 2016

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Mays and Other Flint Residents Make Case for Renewed and Expanded Testing, Plus Independent Lab Analysis

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The State of Michigan is using research from VA Tech to claim progress that hasn’t been achieved.

Melissa Mays, an affected resident of Flint and founder of Water You Fighting For, today announced that she is hosting a press conference at 10:30 AM Eastern Time, on Tuesday, December 13th, at the UA Local 370 Plumbers & Pipefitters hall, at 5500 W. Pierson Road in Flushing, MI. At the event, Ms. Mays will discuss how she and other affected residents believe that insufficient testing, manipulation of data and a lack of transparency from the State of Michigan have been used to determine policies which have adversely affected the people of Flint. This event will be streamed live on the “Water You Fighting For” Facebook page, and members of the media can call (712) 770-4340 using code 773715.    

"The State has cited research claiming that 90-percent of the homes in Flint have lead levels of only 8 parts per billion (ppb) or less," said Melissa Mays. "At tomorrow’s event, I will present test results, which have been largely ignored, showing lead levels exceeding 1,700 ppb."

“The State of Michigan is using research from VA Tech to claim progress that hasn’t been achieved,” added Mays. “The research is not only incomplete and misleading, but the lab analysis - which was paid for by the State - has been spun in a manner that supports a pre-determined conclusion.”

At tomorrow’s press conference, Ms. Mays will discuss how the testing procedures that have been used to support the State’s policy decisions reached just a small percent of the homes in Flint (154 homes out of 34,000). She will comment on why she believes the initial testing intentionally excluded high-risk homes. She will discuss why the nature of the testing (at the kitchen tap as opposed to at the water meter) provides inaccurate data. And she will share her views on the need for independent lab analysis that can document the full spectrum of contaminants and bacteria found in the water in Flint homes.

“The VA Tech analysis simply reports on lead levels, but we need to know what other contaminants are in our water, so that we can tell our doctors what to look for,” adds Mays.

At the event, Ms. Mays will also present details from control cities outside of Flint and previously unreleased results from Flint in August and September. She will contrast how bacteria testing and disinfection by-products that have been used in other cities compare to the testing and remediation efforts in Flint.

Earlier this year, Ms. Mays worked with Harold Harrington and Ben Ranger from the UA 370 Local Plumbers’ Union along with Scott Smith from Water Defense to test water in Flint. This comprehensive testing included testing water at water meters, water heaters, sinks and showers for a complete spectrum of chemicals and bacteria. The lab testing was done by an independent and certified laboratory, and the detailed lab reports have been provided to more than 20 residents in Flint. Ben Ranger, Harold Harrington, and Scott Smith will be in attendance at the press conference to answer questions and to support her presentation on behalf of all affected Flint residents.

For more information contact:    
Melissa Mays
Water You Fighting For
(810) 423-3435                    

Todd Keefe
For Immediate Release Public Relations
(617) 262 1968

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