“I spoke to this group and I said ‘do you realize if you scare people from taking baths, or showers, or washing their hands … people will get sick,'”
WE: Virginia Tech water expert Marc Edwards charged Tuesday that a water nonprofit supported by actor Mark Ruffalo, who played the Hulk in the last two Avengers movies, created a “false alarm” that potentially jeopardized the health of Flint, Mich., residents.
“I spoke to this group and I said ‘do you realize if you scare people from taking baths, or showers, or washing their hands … people will get sick,'” said Edwards at a Tuesday press conference. He was joined by several scientists who presented their research showing that Flint water meets federal standards, contradicting claims by Ruffalo’s group, Water Defense.
Water Defense reported they used their proprietary “Waterbug” sponge to measure chemicals in the water, and said the test found dangerous chloroform, disinfection by-products (DBPs) and total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) in the city’s water supply. Edwards, whose research helped expose the Flint water crisis, previously dismissed the group’s research as pseudoscience, in a post on his website entitled “A-List Actor but F-List Scientist: Mark Ruffalo Brings Fear and Misinformation to Flint.” MORE