Drinking water expert Marc Edwards, who played a crucial role in bringing to light the water crisis in Flint, Mich., wants actor Mark Ruffalo to stay out of science.
As a reminder: The roughly 100,000 Flint residents have been in the national spotlight since high levels of lead were found to have contaminated their drinking water for more than a year.
Edwards on Monday called Ruffalo an “A-List Actor But F-List Scientist,” shaming the actor and his founded-Water Defense group for insinuating that it may be dangerous to bathe in Flint because of corroding pipes.
“Amidst the heightened fears of water safety in Flint and the State of Michigan, there has now been a spike in gastrointestinal illness predominantly among school age children—the most common cause for this problem, by far, is a lack of proper bathing, showering and hand washing. Clearly, false and unsubstantiated claims about water safety, can hurt innocent people, just like shouting ‘Fire’ in a crowded movie theatre.
“Mr. Ruffalo and Water Defense should be ashamed of themselves. Flint residents currently need funding and moral support—not pseudoscience and false alarms.”
Ruffalo’s group didn’t respond to a request to comment about the issue.
The Environmental Protection Agency says it is safe to bathe in Flint. The agency is still urging residents not to drink unfiltered water.
For a re-cap on the situation in Flint, check out Bloomberg BNA’s one-page explainer.
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