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Governor creates task force in response to city's water crisis

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Gov. Rick Snyder Gov. Rick Snyder
LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

Gov. Rick Snyder is creating an independent advisory task force to address water safety.

This comes after it was discover the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality failed to address Flint’s corrosion issues in an appropriate manner for the population of the city.

“Transitioning back to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department-Great Lakes Water Authority is a good first step to protecting public health in Flint, but it’s not the last step,” Snyder said. “Bring in outside experts to evaluate our actions and help monitor and advise on potential changes to law, procedures and practices will be key to continuing work on the comprehensive action plan and ensuring safe drinking water for all the residents in Flint and all of Michigan.”

The task force members include experts in public health and medicine, water management, and environmental protection.

  • Ken Sikkema is a policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants. He previously served in the Michigan House and Senate with four years as Senate majority leader.
  • Chris Kolb is president of the Michigan Environmental Council. He previously served in the Michigan House for six years.
  • Dr. Matthew Davis is a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Michigan Health System.
  • Eric Rothstein is a national water issues consultant. He served as an independent advisor on the creation of the Great Lakes Water Authority, with 30 years of experience in water, wastewater and storm water utility finance and rate-making assessments.
  • Dr. Lawrence Reynolds is a pediatrician in Flint who serves as the president of the Mott Children’s Health Center.

Public health, state and local authorities will continue testing, the use of faucet filters and providing residents with accurate information about steps to eliminate lead exposure.

The Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services are continuing to provide free water filters, free lead testing through the state laboratory for Flint water customers, and hiring additional staff to conduct health exposure monitoring for lead in drinking water.

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