Alerting the People of Flint 6 Months After Knowing about Lead in Water, EPA Claims Did Job

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The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy, speaks at the Center for American Progress’ 2014 Making Progress Policy Conference in Washington November 19, 2014. (Photo Credit: REUTERS/Gary Cameron)

Article courtesy of MICHAEL BASTASCH | Jan 18, 2016 | Daily Caller | Shared as educational material

In handling the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s chief claimed that the agency did its job. Flint’s representative in Michigan State Senate Jim Ananich said, “There is a legitimate concern about EPA’s performance in terms of alerting the public.” Two years ago, hoping to save money, Flint switched from Lake Huron water to Flint River water. But the city didn’t apply the right standards for controlling for corrosion, which exposed drinking water to lead contamination. The U.S. EPA knew that but chose to prod state officials and seek a legal opinion about its ability to force action instead of alerting the public. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is the agency primarily responsible for monitoring drinking water in Michigan. The head resigned. Read more here:

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