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House GOP quietly closes Flint, Mich. water investigation

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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)

Congressional Republicans have quietly closed a year-long investigation into Flint, Michigan's crisis over lead in its drinking water.

The House Oversight Committee faults both state officials and the federal Environmental Protection Agency, saying they did not detect the problem soon enough or take proper action once problems were identified.

Republican Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah signaled the apparent conclusion of the inquiry Friday in letters to fellow Republican lawmakers who lead committees that oversee the EPA and federal spending. After much haggling this year, Congress cleared legislation to provide tens of millions of dollars to deal with the crisis.

His letters came as a senior Democrat on the Oversight panel accused Michigan's Republican governor of stonewalling the committee over documents related to the Flint water crisis.

Congressman Dan Kildee released the following statement:

Justice for Flint families comes in many forms. One form of justice is getting aid to the city of Flint to help it recover, and I am glad that Congress acted to provide over a hundred million dollars in real relief for families still suffering from this crisis. Another form of justice is restoring Flint families’ confidence in their government, particularly their state government, which caused this crisis in the first place. That justice will not happen unless there is full transparency from Governor Rick Snyder. 

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