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Feds, state exchange barbs over Flint water crisis

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz speaks at the congressional hearing in Washington D.C. (Source: CBS) Rep. Jason Chaffetz speaks at the congressional hearing in Washington D.C. (Source: CBS)
WASHINGTON (AP) -

Federal and state officials are exchanging criticisms over who is to blame for a lead contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan.

An Obama administration official told Congress Wednesday that Michigan officials failed to heed federal warnings about the crisis and delayed for months telling the public about the health risks of lead-contaminated water.

Joel Beauvais, acting water chief for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said federal officials urged the state to treat Flint water for corrosion-causing elements last year but were "met with resistance" from state officials.

Keith Creagh, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, agreed that the state should have required Flint to treat its water, but said the EPA "did not display the sense of urgency that the situation demanded," allowing the problem to fester for months.

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