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ST. LOUIS, Mich. -- A federal lawsuit filed by inmates at
the St. Louis and Mid-Michigan correctional facilities claims they
were forced to drink water contaminated with a byproduct of the
banned pesticide DDT.
The lawsuit filed in March in U.S. District Court in Bay City also
claims overcrowded conditions, a lack of medical care, a lack of an
adequate number of prison personnel and dangerous noise levels.
The inmates are asking for bottled water instead, the Morning Sun
of Mount Pleasant reported.
"So the inmates are forced to drink it, not only that, but their
food is prepared in it," the documents state.
Suits filed by prison inmates against the warden, the Michigan
Department of Corrections, its director, staff and others are common,
said Blaine Lafler, warden at the St. Louis and Mid-Michigan
Neither Lafler nor Leo Lalonde, a Corrections Department
spokesman, said they could comment on the case.
Last fall, it was announced that a byproduct of DDT was found in
the St. Louis drinking water. At the recommendation of the Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality, city officials were urged to
find a new source for drinking water.
According to both the MDEQ and the Environmental Protection
Agency, the water is safe to drink. The contaminated wells were shut
down and further tests revealed no DDT byproduct in the drinking
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