EPA inspector general's office releases findings on Flint water crisis

Katie Butler, director of water evaluations for the EPA inspector general's office, discusses the findings of the office's report on the government response to the Flint water crisis.
1:37 | 07/19/18

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I think that the main conclusion from artwork. On Flint. Is that EPA's relationship with states when implementing the safe drinking water act is very important. Barry is an oversight relationship. Established in the safe drinking water act. Where regardless of where you live in the United States the EPA is there to make sure that the actions taken at the state level and at the local level. Are in line with the safe drinking water act and that the water that comes out of your tap when you turn it on as safe. In the in this case we believe that the EPA needs to have a stronger oversight posture. Wit the state of Michigan to make sure that they're taking actions they need to take to protect drinking water. What we found in Michigan was that EPA region five had information about the State's drinking water program. More broadly that showed that there were some issues in the Michigan drinking water program. Michigan. Based on. The budget shortfalls and some other factors had divested from some requirements in the safe drinking water act. And the EPA office knew about that. The EPA office didn't take action to step in and fulfill those requirements that the state had divested from. Again our our review focused specifically on lead in Flint. So we can't really speak. Much more broadly about the Michigan drinking water program but our conclusion is that there were signs that there were issues in the Michigan drinking water program. And there is unfortunately manifested themselves and plant with a let crisis.

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