Michigan official: Federal water rules not followed in Flint

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) – The head of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says federal rules governing drinking water weren’t followed properly in Flint, where problems with lead prompted officials to declare a public health emergency.

DEQ Director Dan Wyant on Sunday acknowledged mistakes by the state in its handling of the situation and says “necessary changes” are being made.

The Detroit News and Michigan Radio report a state official responsible for the safety of drinking water has been reassigned as officials await the outcome of an independent review of the state’s role in Flint’s water crisis.

Flint reconnected to Detroit’s water system Friday in hopes of resolving the health emergency spurred by a switch to river water that was aimed at saving money but left children with elevated lead levels.

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