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DOJ joins EPA in federal investigation into city's water crisis

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What did officials know and when did they know it? That's the question tonight for the U.S. Justice Department.  

The DOJ joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its investigation of the ongoing Flint water crisis.  Specifically did anyone at the state or local level commit any crimes by switching to Flint River water for residents and opening the door to lead-contaminated water?

"That's huge, that’s huge but like I said I welcome it because we need to know what happened. This should have never happened to any community so we need to hold the people accountable we need to know," said Flint Mayor Karen Weaver.

The Department of Justice is working with the EPA to get to root of the problem.

The main target of the investigation: to figure out who attempted to cover up the problem and did anyone falsify documents and data?

City council member Wantwaz Davis visited Washington D.C. in October and took his concerns straight to Capitol Hill.

"I am glad that now they finally intervening into our personal affairs and that criminal charges are going to be imposed on those who caused this problem,” Davis said.

Weaver said the momentum from this investigation is going to help with solutions in the future.

"This is what we've been requesting. This is what we've wanted,” Weaver said. “I'm glad about it. We’ve been trying to get this story out the longest and so it's finally happening."

Weaver said she plans to take a trip to Washington later this month to meet with members of Congress and maybe the president.

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