Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Flint lawmaker calls for investigation of DEQ

Oct 20, 2015
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A Democratic state lawmaker from Flint is asking the Legislature’s Auditor General to look into how the state Department of Environmental Quality handled the city’s water crisis.

State Senator Jim Ananich says there’s evidence that DEQ ignored warnings about elevated lead levels in the city’s drinking water, and then tried to cover it up.

“I think we have to get to the bottom of how folks in the drinking water division could do everything in their power to hide the truth from the public,” said Ananich, “and that’s pretty much what they did.”

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established a task force to help Flint switch its drinking water source after lead problems prompted officials to declare a public health emergency.

The Flint Safe Drinking Water Task Force announced Friday will provide technical advice.

Task force members will be available to consult with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Flint on site.

The task force will also coordinate as necessary with federal, state and local public health agencies to assist with protection of public health.