Restore the Trust - Rights and Democracy

Open Letter - Restore the Trust

In a June 2 investigation published in The Guardian, South Burlington, VT was identified as one of 33 US cities using water testing “cheats” in response to lead concerns that are similar, if not identical to those in Flint, now the subject of criminal investigation.  The Guardian referred to the practices as “distortions” intended to alter results so as to conceal lead contamination issues.  The media outlet goes on to state, “Despite warnings of regulators and experts, water departments in at least 33 cities [South Burlington among them] used testing methods over the past decade that could underestimate lead found in drinking water.”

Marc Edwards, the scientist who first uncovered the crisis in Flint “described water testing in some of America’s largest cities as an 'outrage.'"  He went on to say, “They make lead in water low when collecting samples for EPA compliance, even as it poisons kids who drink the water. Clearly, the cheating and lax enforcement are needlessly harming children all over the United States. If they cannot be trusted to protect little kids from lead in drinking water, what on Earth can they be trusted with? Who amongst us is safe?”

We, then, the undersigned Vermont residents, ask you, Governor Shumlin, are those living in South Burlington or any of us visiting one of South Burlington’s many restaurants, hotels, and other businesses safe?  And, if not, how long have you known that our health was being put at risk?  If we are safe, how can you demonstrate you have been acting on behalf of the Public Trust in light of The Guardian investigation?

Thank you for your consideration and for your service to our communities.


Sign and submit a comment to Governor Shumlin here!

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  • Steve May
    signed 2017-01-11 02:36:20 -0500
  • David Pezzulo
    signed 2016-11-12 10:16:57 -0500
  • Ellen Powell
    @ellenkpowell tweeted link to this page. 2016-07-12 18:39:12 -0400
  • Ellen Powell
    signed 2016-07-12 18:38:54 -0400
    I live in South Burlington VT. Because in 2006 the Champlain Water District added chloramine (ammonia + chlorine) to my tap water, which, by the way, is extremely corrosive and leaches lead into water from lead solder, “lead-free” brass fittings (which are allowed to contain up to 8% lead) and lead service pipes, I have not put one drop of tap water down my throat. Nor have I cooked with it or bathed in it. Because chloramine leaches lead into water and there has been a huge problem with elevated lead levels in public water supplies wherever chloramine has replaced chlorine as a disinfectant, this is even MORE egregious! And by the way, this is not just South Burlington. The cities that use this tainted water are Winooski, Shelburne, Williston, Essex, Essex Jct., Colchester Fire Districts #1 and #3, and Jericho Village. I have no doubt they are not getting the right lead testing either, since I believe it’s the Champlain Water district that does the lead testing.
  • Lea Terhune
    signed 2016-07-12 11:30:38 -0400
    When public beaches in Burlington were closing with greater frequency a few years ago, the response from the state health dept was to raise the allowable levels of contaminants! Don’t think the state with take action to protect public health.
  • Cathy Tudhope
    signed 2016-07-10 05:07:45 -0400
  • Pamela Wilcox
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-06-29 13:47:12 -0400
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  • Pamela Wilcox
    signed 2016-06-29 13:46:48 -0400
  • Kai Mikkel Forlie
    signed 2016-06-12 17:51:51 -0400
  • John Brabant
    signed 2016-06-09 22:36:13 -0400
  • Dawn Lancaster
    signed 2016-06-09 02:54:46 -0400
  • Melissa Cortez
    signed 2016-06-07 23:33:28 -0400
  • Frank Barella
    signed 2016-06-07 17:59:05 -0400
  • Julianna Parker
    signed 2016-06-07 01:22:36 -0400
  • Mark Montalban
    signed 2016-06-06 21:44:46 -0400
  • Rowan Nelson
    signed 2016-06-06 20:52:42 -0400
  • Nicole Leblanc
    signed 2016-06-06 20:24:36 -0400
  • Bill Kinzie
    signed 2016-06-06 20:07:39 -0400
  • Shawn Bartlett
    signed 2016-06-06 19:15:40 -0400
    Shawn Bartlett
  • Michele Nappi
    signed 2016-06-06 19:01:02 -0400
  • Adam Norton
    signed 2016-06-06 18:45:52 -0400
  • Grant Taylor
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-06-06 18:30:45 -0400
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  • Grant Taylor
    @myconstruct360 tweeted link to this page. 2016-06-06 18:30:40 -0400
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  • Grant Taylor
    signed 2016-06-06 18:30:01 -0400
    Grant Taylor
  • Andrew Willis
    signed 2016-06-06 18:13:11 -0400
  • Robert Skowronski
    signed 2016-06-06 17:33:57 -0400
    Robert Skowronski
  • Deborah Richardson
    signed 2016-06-06 17:03:57 -0400
  • Tim Riddle
    signed 2016-06-06 16:52:29 -0400
  • Jennifer Carpenter
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-06-06 16:31:04 -0400
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  • Jennifer Carpenter
    signed 2016-06-06 16:22:02 -0400


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