Friday, February 5, 2016

Environmentalists Hold Federal and State Agencies Responsible for Flint Water Crisis

The director and communications director at the State Department of Environmental Quality resigned in December. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced the firing today of Liane Shekter Smith, the former chief of the DEQ's Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance who had previously been reassigned and later suspended; the department continues to review the actions of a second employee who was suspended last month.

A task force Snyder appointed to investigate the crisis has concluded that the state DEQ is primarily to blame for not requiring the chemicals that allowed lead to leach into the water.

But some environmentalists are not letting the Federal Environmental Protection Agency off the hook -- saying it bears at least part of the blame for the catastrophe.

Pacifica's Emma Riley has the story: