Local representatives frustrated over handling of water crisis - WNEM TV 5

Local representatives frustrated over handling of water crisis

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On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Snyder announced the creation of a water task force.

This comes on the heels of revelations from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality they weren’t following federal regulations for corrosion control for Flint.

State Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Flint) said he is upset and frustrated over mistakes made by state water officials.

"It's our responsibility to get to the bottom of this," Ananich said.

Ananich is adamant there needs to be an investigation into the MDEQ’s mishandling of Flint’s water crisis.

"A thorough investigation of exactly what happened what mistakes were made how individuals could so clearly be more concerned about their reputation than protecting citizens," Ananich said.

State Rep. Sheldon Neeley shares his frustration over the water crisis.

"Now we need to find out how many children have been impacted and find out if children have been overexposed to lead and find a treatment program for those children," Neeley said.

Ananich said he will be closely following the results that the governor's Flint water task force comes up with.

"The purpose is to get the bottom of this and not cover things up and if it's done the right way I’ll be supportive of it, if not I’ll continue to call for a truly independent investigation," Ananich said.

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