Erin Brockovich, Winnie Brinks call for local government accountability for water contamination
"Information gets concealed and often times we get told ‘What do you know?
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She encourages people to keep pushing for answers, even when government officials tell them to keep quiet.
“The local councils often times disregard it and automatically I’m like, ‘What are you hiding?’” says Brockovich.
Even State Representative Winnie Brinks is calling out the government’s lack of transparency.
"I’ve heard from folks today: local, state, federal, disappointment in the responses in all those levels of government.
So, I think this is a real call from our friends and neighbors here to examine our response and are we doing enough?” Brinks, who sponsored a new bill to create more funding for safe drinking water, says she got a clear message from residents on Saturday.
"Ask questions, get involved, go to city council meetings, push back, push for clean-up, understand what the chemical can do.
If you’re sick, you can better communicate with your doctor about what you can do and defend yourself.” Plainfield Township, one of the communities impacted by contaminated water states on it’s website: "Plainfield Township Water Department is committed to providing superior quality water that meets or exceeds the high safety standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Our skilled water professionals work tirelessly to fulfill the standards and protect public health and safety” However, according to the EPA, from December 2016 to June 2017 Plainfield Township’s water was in violation of federal health-based drinking water standards.