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Governor: Michigan environmental agency failed Flint

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Gov. Rick Snyder (Source: Michigan.gov) Gov. Rick Snyder (Source: Michigan.gov)
WASHINGTON (AP) -

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says the state Department of Environmental Quality repeatedly assured him and other officials that water from the Flint River was safe, when in reality it had dangerous levels of lead.

Snyder tells Congress he did not learn that Flint's water was contaminated until nearly 18 months after the city began drawing its water from the Flint River in April 2014 to save money.

Snyder said he took immediate action, reconnecting the city with Detroit's water supply and distributing water filters and testing residents -- especially children -- for elevated lead levels.

Snyder and Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy are set to testify Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The session is the second of two Flint-related hearings this week.

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