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Federal Government Making Major Moves Over Flint Water Crisis

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Michigan Public Radio Network

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regional administrator is stepping down over the public health crisis in Flint. 

That comes as President Obama orders an inquiry into how the EPA handles information that could affect the public health.  It’s all in response to revelations that the EPA knew about lead contamination in Flint’s water system – but never went public with that information.  

“The president wants to get to the bottom of that and he wants to get to the bottom of that quickly.  We don’t want a situation where the EPA is unnecessarily obstructed from being able to share information with the public that has a direct impact on the safety and well-being of the public,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.  “The president does want to make sure - and will make sure – that if there were errors or wrongdoing that was carried out by officials at the EPA, that they’re held accountable for those actions.”

Also on Thursday, the Detroit Free Press reported that Governor Rick Snyder may be called upon to testify before a congressional oversight panel on the Flint water crisis.  There’s no word from the governor’s office on how they might respond.

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Jake Neher is the State Capitol Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

Rick Pluta is the managing editor for the Michigan Public Radio Network.
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