Resource: Concerned Pastors for Social Action v. Khouri

By: Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

December 1, 2020

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

In January 2016, NRDC, Concerned Pastors for Social Action, the ACLU of Michigan, and Flint, Michigan, resident Melissa Mays filed a lawsuit against the city of Flint and Michigan state officials for unlawfully exposing the people of Flint to lead-contaminated drinking water. Our lawsuit claimed that Flint’s water system violated the Safe Drinking Water Act by failing to control and monitor residents’ drinking water for lead—a devastating neurotoxin that can severely impact the cognitive development of children. We sought a court order requiring city and state officials to replace all lead service lines in Flint at no cost to residents as well as to properly treat and monitor the city’s drinking water moving forward. Prior to filing the lawsuit, NRDC and other groups submitted an emergency petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking for immediate action to address this lead-contamination crisis. After the EPA failed to respond for months to this threat to Flint residents’ health, we filed suit under the Safe Drinking Water Act.,to%20lead%2Dcontaminated%20drinking%20water.