FLINT, Mich. – Michigan officials are asking a federal judge to halt his order for delivery of bottled water to lead-tainted homes in Flint.
Attorneys for state Treasurer Nick Khouri and members of a receivership transition board filed the request Thursday, nearly a week after U.S. District Judge David Lawson’s ruling.
He said bottled water must be delivered unless residents opt out or officials verify that a water filter has been properly installed.
State attorneys say the injunction “far exceeds” what is necessary to ensure residents have access to safe drinking water, and the state is likely to succeed when it appeals to a federal appeals court.
One of the plaintiffs, the Natural Resources Defense Council, says seeking to delay the order is an “obvious insult to the people of Flint.”