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EPA emails warned of Flint lead contamination in Sept.

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This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM) This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM)
WASHINGTON (AP) -

Emails obtained by The Associated Press show U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy warned last fall that the Flint drinking water crisis could get "very big very quickly."

McCarthy's reaction, in a September 26th message to some top staffers, was to a report from Susan Hedman, head of EPA's regional office in Chicago. That told of findings by university researchers and local doctors of high lead levels in the city's water and in some children's blood.

It was among 1,200 pages of emails The AP obtained Wednesday under a Freedom of Information Act request.

The EPA has been criticized for not treating the situation urgently enough. In the September emails, McCarthy urged aides to seek ways to intervene.

She is scheduled to testify Thursday before a U.S. House committee.

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