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State legislators calling for federal investigation into MDEQ

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Berston Fieldhouse is alive with activity as pick-up games are in full swing.

It didn't take long for those running the courts to work up a sweat.

But just like many places across the city, the water fountain came with a very real warning.

"Makes you feel some type of way, it's not safe, it's not good," said basketball player Briana Mayes.

Forcing many to stick with bottled water.

"It's no telling how much we've been exposed to and how much is actually being kept from us," said resident Nafisah McClendon.

And the concerns about lead exposure in Flint's water has two local lawmakers saying they've seen enough.

"This is definitely the most negligent that I've seen at the state level," said state Rep. Phil Phelps.

Phelps is joining state Rep. Sheldon Neeley in calling for a federal investigation into the state's Department of Environmental Quality.

This all comes in the wake of Michigan Radio’s discovery that the DEQ knowingly dropped two lead samples to avoid exceeding federal drinking water guidelines.

"If they were playing by the rules from the get-go, this whole situation might not have happened at all," Phelps said.

Phelps and Neeley also want Gov. Rick Snyder to remove DEQ Director Dan Wyant from that position.

They believe he was in the lead and oversaw what they call a massive cover-up.

"If it comes out that these were deliberate cover up attempts, I don't think people only need to lose their jobs, there needs to be people sitting in jail," Phelps said.

Phelps said they’re waiting for a response from the federal government and Synder.

And as water quality continues to be a question mark in the city, there are many others also waiting.

"You wonder, from the people who have been effected, what long term effects it will have on them, and you won't know until, unfortunately, it's already happening," McClendon said.

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