- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The Latest on the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is not impressed with Gov. Rick Snyder’s pledge to drink filtered tap water from the city for a month to show that it’s safe.

Weaver told reporters Tuesday that the Republican should “come and stay” for 30 days if he “really wanted to know what it’s like to deal” with the lead-tainted water crisis.

Flint was under state control in 2014 when it switched from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River to save money. The corrosive river water wasn’t properly treated and caused lead to leach from old pipes into homes and businesses. Flint has since returned to Detroit’s system.

Snyder made his pledge Monday.

Weaver says she believes it’s too early to tell city residents it’s OK to even drink filtered tap water.

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3:20 p.m.

A class-action lawsuit over Flint’s contaminated water was dismissed Tuesday, with the judge saying constitutional claims by residents are barred by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara said he wasn’t making a decision on the merits of the lawsuit, which is one of dozens filed over lead in Flint’s drinking water. But he said residents can’t pursue a remedy for civil rights violations in the matter, due to federal law and rulings by higher courts.

Residents accused Flint and state officials of violating their rights by providing contaminated water and requiring payment.

Flint, while under a state-appointed manager, switched from using Detroit’s water source to the Flint River but didn’t add corrosion controls. As a result, the water caused lead to leach from old plumbing.

“The crux of each of plaintiffs’ constitutional claims is that they have been deprived of safe and potable water,” O’Meara said. “Plaintiffs’ allegations are addressed by regulations that have been promulgated” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under federal water law.

A message seeking comment was left with residents’ attorney, William Murphy Jr.


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