Testimony wraps up on Flint water crisis - WNEM TV 5

Testimony wraps up on Flint water crisis

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EAST LANSING, MI (AP/WNEM) -

This morning Michigan lawmakers heard from Department of Environmental Quality interim Director Keith Creagh and Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon.

Both say they are doing their best to keep up with lead testing in the city.

Creagh did testify that despite being two years into the water crisis, he is still unclear which water service lines have lead in them.

Meantime, Lyon says there was an eight-month gap between when he was made aware of an investigation into a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Flint area and when the issue rose to his level again.

Lyon testified that he then waited another four months to tell Gov. Rick Snyder about the cases.

Some experts have linked the Genesee County outbreak where there were at least 91 Legionnaires' cases, including 12 deaths, to Flint's water crisis.

Snyder publicly disclosed the spike in January, saying he had just been informed despite some of his staff knowing earlier.

A task force appointed by Snyder has concluded the state of Michigan is "fundamentally accountable" for Flint's lead-contaminated water emergency because of decisions made by environmental regulators and state-appointed emergency managers who controlled the city.

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