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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  • Jen Goldberg
    signed 2016-06-06 15:56:02 -0400
  • Kyle Sala
    signed 2016-06-06 15:54:12 -0400
  • Jace Sheppard
    signed 2016-06-06 15:49:26 -0400
  • Bill Billings
    signed 2016-06-06 15:33:01 -0400
  • Thomas Corbiere
    signed 2016-06-06 15:31:33 -0400
  • Francis Ayombil
    signed 2016-06-06 15:24:28 -0400
    Francis Ayombil
  • Elise Greaves
    signed 2016-06-06 15:14:24 -0400
  • John Hutchins
    signed 2016-06-06 15:05:59 -0400
  • Mary-Katherine Lyles
    signed 2016-06-06 15:05:25 -0400
  • Robert Us
    signed 2016-06-06 15:01:07 -0400
  • C Hausman
    signed 2016-06-06 15:00:50 -0400
  • James Dubuque
    signed 2016-06-06 14:49:57 -0400
    Jim Dubuque
  • Laurie Goldsmith
    signed 2016-06-06 14:46:26 -0400
    Laurie Goldsmith
  • James Ehlers
    @James_Ehlers tweeted link to this page. 2016-06-06 14:39:34 -0400
  • James Ehlers
    signed 2016-06-06 14:38:49 -0400
    Enough is enough! Restore the Trust!!
  • Eric Becker
    signed 2016-06-06 14:35:10 -0400
  • Judith McLaughlin
    signed 2016-06-06 14:34:14 -0400
  • Scott Richardson
    signed 2016-06-06 14:33:43 -0400
  • James Haslam
    signed 2016-06-06 11:04:18 -0400


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