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Officials Criticized Over Flint Crisis

Witnesses at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Flint water crisis criticized Michigan officials and federal agencies for their response.

SOUNDBITE (English) Keith Creagh, Director, Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality“In retrospect, government at all levels should have done more. We must fully investigate what happened in order to make sure it will never happen again. In addition, and most urgently, we must fix the problem for the people of Flint.”SOUNDBITE (English) Keith Creagh, Director, Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality“Regardless of the testing schedule allowed by the EPA rule, in hindsight, when the lead levels began to rise, corrosion treatment should have been required by the Dept. of Environmental Quality.” SOUNDBITE: (English) LeeAnne Walters, Flint Resident +++SPELLING OF FIRST NAME IS CORRECT+++ “In 2014, in a city with no democracy...forced under an emergency manager handpicked by Governor Snyder, a decision was made to switch the water source without the proper testing and enforcement of regulation. The MDEQ (Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality) claims they misinterpreted federal law with regard to corrosion control. They were allowed to tell EPA they were following the law without any verifications. The citizens of Flint were assured for 18 months that the water was safe. My home was being tested because of the discoloration of the water, and the health issues my family was experiencing. We fought the city and the state saying something was wrong and we were dismissed. SOUNDBITE: (English) Marc Edwards, Virginia Tech Dept. of Environmental Engineering “The agencies involved in protecting children from lead in drinking water in this country and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the EPA, primacy agencies, and the water utilities, have proven themselves time and time again unworthy of the public trust. They cannot be trusted to fix this problem.”

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Officials Criticized Over Flint Crisis

By REUTERS February 3, 2016

Witnesses at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Flint water crisis criticized Michigan officials and federal agencies for their response.

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