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EPA administrator committed to making water crisis right

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A member of the EPA marks a sample for testing before sending it to their Chicago headquarters. (Courtesy: WNEM) A member of the EPA marks a sample for testing before sending it to their Chicago headquarters. (Courtesy: WNEM)
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The EPA is on the ground in Flint collecting water samples preparing another shipment to its Chicago headquarters for testing.

Robert Kaplan said it could be a while before Flint is given the all-clear.

"We're here for the long-haul," Kaplan said.

He's the EPA's newly-appointed administrator overseeing work being done in Flint.

Kaplan said the best minds are on the job.

"The scientists that are going to look at it are not just EPA's best, but the world's best. We're going to make absolute certain that we're going to look at all the data and let that drive our decision," Kaplan said.

Kaplan takes over for former regional administrator Susan Hedman who resigned in connection to Flint's water issues.

He said he's committed to making it right.

"I think the most important thing is we're going to let science drive this," Kaplan said.

He said that science will be focused on fixing the city's current water source flowing in from Detroit.

And that means the city's plans to connect with the Karegnondi Water Authority and its pipeline taking water from Lake Huron will be put on hold indefinitely.

That pipeline is expected to be completed early this summer.

"We're not going to experiment on residents ever again. It's all going to be done running to waste and shaking down that plant to make sure that plant is ready and capable to process the KWA water," Kaplan said.

Kaplan said it will be a painstaking process to make sure everything tests safe before the all-clear is given.

But that is the EPA's top priority.              

"With the federal oversight now and with working together with MDEQ and all the other federal partners on the ground, I think it's fair to say we've gone from one of the worst monitored cities to the best monitored city," Kaplan said.

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