The head of the Environmental Protection Agency defended the agency’s handling of Flint’s lead-contaminated drinking water over the past 18 months. The Rev. Jess Jackson called Flint’s crisis “a crime scene.”
“EPA did its job but clearly the outcome was not what anyone would have wanted. So we’re going to work with the state, we’re going to work with Flint. We’re going to take care of the problem,” said Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to reporters on Monday, according to Reuters. “We know Flint is a situation that never should have happened.
The city switched back to Detroit’s water supply in October, but only after months of complaints and protest from residents, who were angry that the government had ignored alarms raised by doctors and scientists. Lead contamination can cause brain damage and other health problems.
The EPA administer said they agency had established a task force of experts to conduct an audit of the state’s water program “to make sure whatever improvements need to be made get made and get done quickly.”
“This is a disaster, not just an emergency,” said the Rev. Jackson, according to the Detroit Free Press. Jackson added the responsibility for the crises fell on Governor Snyder, and said the people of Flint “have been betrayed.” “Maybe they should put … tape around the city, because Flint is a crime scene,” Jackson told reporters after the church meeting.
Also on Monday, the Detroit Free Press reported 60 protesters gathered outside Governor Snyder’s apartment in downtown Ann Arbor and chanted for his arrest.
“Many of us think this governor has committed a crime, and want to see justice for Flint,” said Jan BenDor, who helped organize the protest and led a failed recall effort against Snyder in 2011. “If that whole city could be poisoned, it could happen to any of us.”
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