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Congressional committee head: You screwed up, messed up people's lives

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"You just don't get it. You screwed up and you messed up people's lives," said Jason Chaffetz, head of House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Chaffetz's comment was directed towards Susan Hedman, former EPA director for region 5.

The committee is overseeing federal hearings regarding the Flint water crisis.

A TV5 newscast from July 2015 showing former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling drinking the Flint water was shown at the hearing on March 15, 2016.

Former emergency manager Darnell Earley and Walling testified at the hearing. Hedman and Dr. Mark Edwards also testified.

Earley testified that he was misled by state officials regarding the safety of Flint's water.

"I sincerely regret what transpired," Earley said. "Not one day goes by that I do not pray for a resolution of this problem."

He also said “I’m sorry the people of Flint have had to go through this crisis. It tears me up inside.”

During Walling's testimony he said Gov. Rick Snyder discounted local concerns from city officials and residents.

"I had my own concerns about the river ... but I did rely on information from the MDEQ," Walling said.

Edwards called out the EPA for their role in the water crisis during his testimony.

He said EPA has allowed for cities to be poisoned and tried to cover it up.

"I guess being a government agency means never having to say 'you're sorry,'" Edwards said.

Hedman said she does not think the EPA did anything wrong with the handling of the Flint water crisis.

Rep. Chaffetz said to Hedman: "I wish you were still at the EPA so I could call on you to be fired."

The first hearing took place in February, 2016. Watch: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

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