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Review: DEQ failed to ensure proper corrosion control

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An independent review has found that Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality failed to ensure proper corrosion control was used to treat Flint River water.

Senate Democratic Leader Jim Ananich and State Representative Sheldon Neeley, both from Flint, responded Monday to the report from the State Auditor General that also said the State of Michigan was responsible for the decision to use the river as the City of Flint’s primary drinking water source.

“The Auditor General has provided an important piece of this puzzle and I’m sure the extended report they are working on will reveal additional information,” Sen. Ananich said. “What’s clear is that corrosion control should have been used and there are serious failings in our system that must be addressed. Between the FOIA emails released recently and these findings, it’s obvious that legislative oversight is the best way to see how all of these pieces fit together. I expect holding hearings to be high on the agenda when the Legislature returns.”

The Auditor General is working on a more thorough review and more information is expected in the coming months. But in response to a question about whether corrosion control treatment should have been maintain when making the switch to Flint River water, the Auditor General letter concludes, “We believe that corrosion control treatment should have been maintained.”

The Auditor General also said that, “Although the Flint City Council voted in March 2013 in support of moving to the KWA pipeline, the vote was silent on the use of Flint River water as a temporary drinking water source.”

A press release from Sen. Ananich says this is contrary to recent claims that somehow this local vote was in favor of using the river.

Sen. Ananich and Rep. Neeley have been working with local and federal officials on securing additional resources to make safe water available to all residents, and to combat the health impacts of the lead that has been consumed.

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