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Management Weaknesses Delayed Response to Flint Water Crisis

July 19, 2018
By Office of Inspector General

The Inspector General (IG) determined EPA had the authority to issue an emergency order to protect the residents of Flint, Michigan from contaminated drinking water seven months before it acted, compounding the problem.

A recent report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s office of Inspector General determined the during the Presidency of Barack Obama, EPA had both the authority and sufficient information to issue an emergency order to protect the residents of Flint, Michigan from drinking water contaminated by lead seven months before the agency finally acted, faulting the agency for not intervening sooner.

Although the report concludes state and local officials also share responsibility for Flint’s drinking water fiasco, IG Arthur A. Elkins said EPA’s slow reaction to the crisis needlessly compounded the problem. 

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