Posts Tagged ‘lead’

Possible Class Action Suit For Lead in District Water

The Examiner is reporting that parents who've brought a suit against D.C. Water for lead contamination have requested that the case be turned into a class-action suit for anyone under the age of 6 who drank tap water between 2000 and 2004.
Back in March, an investigation found that D.C. Water had actually stopped testing for [...]

The Needle: Better Than Google+ Edition

Metro+: Rush hour on Metrorail is not, for the most part, a pleasant experience. Crowded trains, jammed platforms, occasional delays—it's enough to make you stay at work late just to avoid it all. The transit system is rolling out a new plan to deal with the worst of it, called Rush+, which will expand service [...]

The Needle: Global War on Terrorism Edition

Continue to Be Afraid Until Further Notice: By now, Osama bin Laden's body lies somewhere near the bottom of the Arabian Sea, having been deposited there off the U.S.S. Carl Vinson after he was killed by Navy SEALs yesterday. But anyone who thought that would mean the elaborate, and expensive, security apparatus set up around [...]

The Needle: Happy Veterans’ Day Edition

Don't Fall into the Turkey Brine: Nurses at Washington Hospital Center, angry about what they say is chronic understaffing and busily haggling with management over a new contract, say they'll go on strike on Thanksgiving eve if their demands aren't met. We hereby predict that at least one breathless media story on the negotiations that [...]

Toxic D.C. Tap Water Tops Off Week of Gloomy Health News

This morning, a bureaucrat from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control , the nation's preeminent public health agency, was summoned to Capitol Hill, where she was, in all likelihood, reamed out by members of a House subcommittee.
And with good reason, according to congressional investigators, who say CDC officials knowingly mislead District residents about the dangers [...]

Loose Lips Quotes of 2009: Jerry N. Johnson

"You don’t deal with the general public the way you would deal with yourself."
—Jerry N. Johnson, WASA general manager, Feb. 10

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Embattled GWU Lead Researcher Lawyers Up

The name of Tee Guidotti, the George Washington University health professor who penned a 2007 study on waterborne lead in the District, has been dragged through the mud in recent weeks, and the professor has now hired a top litigator to help clean it up again.
The controversy originated in articles by Environmental Science and Technology [...]

Embattled GWU Lead Researcher Responds

The last couple of weeks haven't been easy on Tee Guidotti. The professor in George Washington University's School of Public Health has been accused of serious ethical misdeeds regarding his 2007 study of environmental lead in D.C.—allegations which were aired in articles in Environmental Science and Technology and in the Washington Post.
LL "aggregated" both of [...]

First Lawsuit Filed Over Lead Warnings

A father of twin boys filed a class-action lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court against WASA over the lead warning foul up, the Washington Post is reporting. John Parkhurst's two boys, the Post writes, "now 8, were toddlers when lead spiked to dangerous levels in the city's drinking water from 2001 to 2004. They now have [...]