Va. Tech scientist to Richmonders: use water filters for protection

Jeremy M. Lazarus | 2/19/2016, 7:25 p.m.
Attach a $20 filter to each of the water taps you use for drinking or cooking. And regularly change the ...
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He said he has become used to the response. He said the U.S. Centers for Disease Controls fought for four years to try to undermine his findings and disparage him after he determined that lead levels in drinking water in Washington, D.C., were as much as 100 times above the levels the EPA recommends as safe.

It took repeated congressional hearings to force the CDC to finally admit that the agency’s

scientists had submitted five false scientific reports denying lead was a threat.

Dr. Edwards said the same thing happened when he discovered high lead levels in water in Durham, N.C.

He said just as in Flint, he and others had to fight to get the findings accepted.

Dr. Edwards said such “institutional scientific misconduct is a new phenomenon. All of these instances involved scientists and engineers who were being paid to protect the public and who had no profit motive for poisoning kids, but who allowed it to go on.”

“There are no checks and balances to their power and ability to falsify reports,” he continued. “There is no way to hold them accountable. It’s indefensible.

“No one ever thought that government scientists would falsify reports or that public agencies would engage in the kind of misconduct that they have been proven to do.”

He said that is why “no one in the public should believe the government when they say your water is safe. Lead is a problem they don’t want you to know about.”