Protecting Those in Benton Harbor

In the shadow of the Flint Water Crisis, another Michigan city is facing a similar fight to have access to safe, clean drinking water. Since at least 2018, Benton Harbor residents have experienced dangerous levels of lead pollution in their public water system. The pervasive contamination presents an imminent and substantial endangerment to the health of children and adults.

Lead-Poisoned Water in Benton Harbor – The Signs Were Ignored.

Residents saw a physical change in their water years ago – from color changes to smell and foam. Poisonous toxins first appeared in publicly available data during the summer of 2018. Recent samples found lead concentration nearly 60 times the federal action level—far exceeding the pollution found in Flint.

Children and Lead-Poisoned Water: The Risks

No level of lead exposure is considered safe, particularly for children. It is well documented that children with lead poisoning demonstrate irreversible impairments, including lower IQ levels, decreased ability to pay attention, lack of academic achievement, and other life-altering consequences. These children are also at substantially higher for kidney disease, stroke, and hypertension as adults.

Benton Harbor has over 5,000 service lines with only 2% of those lines confirmed to contain no lead. The scope of this crisis and the levels of contamination require urgent intervention.

Demanding Justice for Injured Children in Benton Harbor: Levy Konigsberg

Currently, the legal team at Levy Konigsberg is focused on demanding justice on behalf of roughly 400 children who have been exposed to lead-contaminated water in Benton Harbor. Babies and young children in the area are facing a lifetime of challenges, and the responsible parties must be held accountable for their negligent acts.

The actions taken now to resolve the water crisis are too little, too late, with children who were chronically exposed to the poisoned water suffering permanent cognitive damage. As no cure exists for the harm to a child’s developing brain and nervous system, the lack of action has led to hundreds of children now suffering irreversible damage.

A Delayed Response Brings Tragic Consequences.

So far, the response to this crisis has been anything but urgent. Three years later, the actions taken by both the city and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) have been ineffective. Michigan's governor signed a plan to start replacing the service lines but funding for the project is not guaranteed. Only 100 lines will be removed in the spring of 2022 and the entire removal plan could take longer than five years to complete.

Children and families in Benton Harbor already face a growing disparity within their community due to both environmental and socioeconomic stressors. Under ten thousand people live in the city with nearly half living below the federal poverty line. 85% of residents are Black and 5% are Hispanic. Because the inequity of water supply remains unaddressed in this community, the health of the residents and the city itself are in imminent danger. It is too late to undo the damage to the thousands who have been permanently harmed by the state government's delayed response.

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    “Lead poisoning made it harder for me to focus in school, to get work done, and to sit still and concentrate. That’s why I wasn’t able to finish school, because it was hard for me to face that and to ...”

    - David Rodriguez
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