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Senator calls for state investigation over missed federal regulations

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Sen. Jim Ananich said he is troubled by the water crisis that has plagued a city for the last 18 months.

"It's been an ever evolving and more troubling the more you layers you scratch," Ananich said.

Now the state senate minority leader wants the legislature to launch an investigation, wanting those responsible for this mess to be held accountable.

"I think the responsibility can be laid across multiple levels," Ananich said.

TV5 brought our tough questions to the Mayor Dayne Walling to find out his culpability in all of this.

"Flint relied on the information provided to us from the MDEQ," Walling said.

Throughout the crisis, Walling defended the city’s actions, holding that federal regulations were being followed. On Monday, it was discovered the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality was not in compliance with federal rules in Flint.

"The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, MDEQ, assured Flint that the standards were being followed. That the city's water met those standards. And that information was clearly wrong," Walling said. "This was the state's fault."

Ananich wants to see measures put in place to prevent lead tainted water from ever coming out of anyone's faucet again.

"We send peace corps volunteers all over the world to make sure they have safe drinking water. And in Flint, Michigan, United States of America, 2015, we had a period where people didn't feel comfortable and still don't feel comfortable drinking the water," Ananich said.

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