Possible human organs found at wastewater treatment plant

Posted at 9:30 AM, Dec 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-22 09:30:26-05

DETROIT (WXYZ/CNN) – Residents are worried not just that possible human body parts were found in at wastewater treatment plant in Michigan, but about the potential health hazards as a result.

A third possible body part was found Dec. 21 at the Great Lakes Water Authority Recovery Facility in south Detroit – the others were found Dec. 15 and 16.

“I think about Flint. I worry about the water anyway, not just with those organs being in there, but that goes to the potential contamination of the water that we drink every day,” said resident Khamara Bryant.

The human organs were not found where drinking water is processed, and the Great Lakes Water Authority issued a statement that reads in part:

“Wastewater is treated… to meet federal and state environmental quality regulations before it can be discharged to the river. The screening mechanism was working as intended, filtering out the large objects before the wastewater went into the treatment process. The facility's treatment processes meet all federal and state regulations, and we always return water back to the environment cleaner than when we received it.”

Residents are curious about what chemicals the plant is using to clean the water and if that also could be harmful.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office is examining the body parts and trying to confirm if they are human.

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