Saturday, January 31, 2004

D.C. Water Violates EPA Lead Standards

Saturday's Washington Post reports that tap water is testing above EPA limits for lead in two-thirds of all D.C. homes sampled -- often by a factor of twenty. Officials aren't sure why, but expect a run on bottled water while it's sorted out. Does the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority enjoy immunity from actions in tort?
Fed. R. Evid. 702: If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education, may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise, if (1) the testimony is based upon sufficient facts or data, (2) the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods, and (3) the witness has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case.