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Congresswoman requests hearing on ongoing water crisis

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A Michigan Congressional representative has requested a federal review of the ongoing water crisis.

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence said she was concerned that evidence showed local and state government officials knew, or should have known, about the risks of using the Flint River as a water source.

“We trust our government to protect the health and safety of our communities, and this includes the promise of clean water to drink and clean air to breathe,” Lawrence said. “Unfortunately, the people of Flint have had their trust violated. This public health crisis was caused by state and local officials, who made tragically bad decisions with the drinking water of Flint.”

Lawrence previously met with the EPA and the MDEQ on the issue. She is also working with U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee on infrastructure throughout Michigan.

Included in her formal request is to call Gov. Rick Snyder and former MDEQ director Dan Wyant as witnesses.

“The situation in Flint represents a crisis of leadership on all levels, and we must ensure that we take the appropriate steps to ensure that similar situations do not occur elsewhere,” Lawrence said. “This hearing should examine the actions of key decision-makers who played a role in the development of this completely avoidable crisis.”

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