Department of Environmental Quality director resigns amid Flint water problems

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) – After an audit report by the Flint Water Task Force revealed different interpretations of a rule governing drinking water, the Department of Environmental Quality director has resigned.

Dan Wyant offered his resignation Tuesday and Governor Snyder said, “I’ve determined that it’s appropriate to accept it. I’m also making other personnel changed at MDEQ to address problems cited by the task force.”

“I know many Flint citizens are angry and want more than an apology. That’s why I’m taking the actions today to ensure a culture of openness and trust. We’ve already allocated $10 million to test the water, distribute water filters, and help in other ways,” said Governor Rick Snyder.”

The audit report revealed Flint should have had corrosion control in place as soon as it switched from the Detroit water system to the Flint River.

Officials say corrosion problems caused the water to leak lead out of pipes in older homes.

The audit also says the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality should have increased treatment requirements after it first detected lead in water samples.

“When I became aware that the city of Flint’s water showed elevated lead levels and that the state’s handling of the situation was being questioned, I requested funding to switch the source back to the Great Lakes Water Authority and appointed an independent task force to identify possible missteps and areas for improvement,” said Governor Rick Snyder.

“The task force has done an exceptional job, reviewing stacks of documents and interviewing scores of Flint, Genesee County, and state and federal officials. Although the task force’s final report is not yet completed, members have made me aware of some interim findings and corrective steps that I have decided to take immediately in order to restore trust in how the state keeps its citizens safe and informed.”

At this time, Governor Snyder says these are only the beginning steps. “We fully expect to take more actions following the recommendations of our task force. When it comes to matters of health and quality of life, we’re committed to doing everything we can to protect the well-being of our citizens.”

Stay with 6 News for the latest on the Flint water problems.

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