U.S. Lead Contamination 'Cheats' Pervasive
Suffer the little children. That's what scientist Marc Edwards thinks every time he hears municipal water officials - like the ones he exposed in Washington, D.C., and Flint, Michigan - are concealing lead contamination. Now a Guardian newspaper investigation shows that 33 cities in 17 states used "cheats," including pre-flushing pipes and discarding bad results, to make water seem cleaner than it is. Some cities blamed unclear directives from the EPA, but Edwards says that if cities like Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia can't be trusted, "Who amongst us is safe?"