Friday 9 December 2016

Michigan 'fundamentally accountable' for Flint water crisis

Published 23/03/2016 | 15:36

The Flint Water Plant tower in Flint, Michigan (AP)
The Flint Water Plant tower in Flint, Michigan (AP)

The state of Michigan is "fundamentally accountable" for Flint's lead-contaminated water crisis because of decisions made by its environmental regulators and state-appointed emergency managers, an inquiry has found.

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A task force appointed by Governor Rick Snyder released a final report on Wednesday saying failures, intransigence and delays within all levels of government - particularly in his administration - led Flint water users to be "needlessly and tragically" exposed to toxic levels of lead and other hazards.

The probe found failings and shortcomings at the state health department, Governor's office, Flint's water treatment plant, the emergency management structure, county health department and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Flint's 2014 switch in drinking water sources led the supply to become contaminated when lead leached from old pipes into some homes.

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