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Flint residents: State, federal government not working urgently to fix water crisis

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Robin Person is one of many Flint residents who has tested her family for lead exposure since learning the city's water supply was contaminated.

“To me, it’s not moving fast enough – at all,” Person said. “Especially when it comes to my children.”

But even after seeing lawmakers grill both state and federal officials during that special hearing this week, Person said, in her mind, neither one are most responsible for the water crisis.

“I believe it starts with the city,” Person said. “But as far as letting the public know, I feel like our city should have had our back.”

Although Person mostly blames city officials, she does agree the state bears more responsibility than the federal government considering Flint, at the time of the switch to the Flint River, was run by a state appointed emergency manager.

“Even though they declared it a state of emergency, I don’t think they see it as that,” Person said. “Because they’re not moving quickly enough.

Other residents said the city bears little blame, and instead the responsibility rests on Gov. Snyder and his administration.

According to some lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the hearings revealed several facts leading up to the water crisis:

  • Top state officials, including Snyder, knew well in advance the city's drinking water supply was contaminated with lead. Snyder himself admitted his administration failed the residents of Flint.
  • The EPA, an agency created to diagnose and treat such a health crisis, also failed to act with urgency.

No matter who they blame, residents said Snyder has broken the trust of their community. Many agree that Snyder should step down immediately.

“I don’t trust him, no I don’t,” Person said. “I don’t trust a word he says.”

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