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Task force lays most blame for water crisis on state agency

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

A task force appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan's environmental regulatory agency is primarily responsible for the state's failure to ensure safe drinking water for Flint residents.

The Flint Water Advisory Task Force says in a letter to Snyder that the state Department of Environmental Quality "must be held accountable for that failure."

The letter was made public Tuesday.

Corrosive Flint River water leached lead from service pipes into homes after the city switched last year from Detroit water. Elevated blood-lead levels later were found in some children.

Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant resigned Tuesday.

Task force co-chair Ken Sikkema says in the letter that "Flint residents were exposed to toxic levels of lead in their water primarily due to a regulatory culture of passive technical compliance."

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