Gov. Rick Snyder is pledging that officials will make contact with every household in Flint to check if residents have a filter and bottled water during the city's drinking water crisis.
He also said Monday in Flint that his administration first confirmed lead problems around Oct. 1, after state agencies that report to him made mistakes earlier. He cites "major issues" at the Department of Environmental Quality, whose director recently resigned.
Snyder says Michigan's response in recent months wasn't "good enough" and he's "responsible for what goes on in state government."
The Republican governor says residents should use filters and bottled water until Flint's switch back to Detroit water is assessed.
Also Monday, Snyder created a committee to work long term on resolving the crisis and public health concerns.
The executive order signed Monday forms the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee.
It will have 17 members who will serve initial terms through 2018. The members will include state government officials, local officials and experts appointed by the governor.
The committee will be tasked with making recommendations regarding residents' health, determining feasible water infrastructure upgrades, establishing communications protocols and creating an "incident action plan."
Snyder, who has been criticized for his administration's role in the crisis, last week declared an emergency in Flint over problems with lead in the city's drinking water. He says "we need to focus on improving Flint for the longer term."
Congressman Dan Kildee issued the following statement after Governor Rick Snyder's press conference in Flint:
“Flint residents deserve action, not more talk from Governor Snyder. This is not a public relations problem – this is a public health crisis. The indifference shown by this administration throughout this water crisis is beyond frustrating. An entire city has been poisoned by a decision made by a state-appointed emergency financial manager and for months the state first denied, then delayed action to help the people of Flint. I have no confidence that Gov. Snyder is responding to this ongoing emergency in a way equal to the gravity of the situation, which is why I today reiterated my request for the federal government to provide any assistance to help in this ongoing crisis.”
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