UPDATE (AP) 1:00 p.m. – The hearing has now ended in Washington. A lawyer for Flint’s former emergency manager says there’s no reason for federal marshals to “hunt” for Darnell Earley.
Earley didn’t attend a U.S. House hearing Wednesday on lead contamination in Flint’s water supply. He was the city’s state-appointed manager when Flint stopped using water from Detroit and switched to the Flint River while a regional pipeline was being built to Lake Huron.
U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz urged marshals to “hunt him down” with a subpoena. Earley’s attorney, A. Scott Bolden, says it was “physically impossible” for him to appear at the hearing.
Bolden says he informed the committee that Earley would be willing to appear on another date, although Earley might invoke his right to remain silent.
Bolden says Earley “is in the eye of the storm.”
UPDATE (AP) – Federal and state officials are exchanging criticisms over who is to blame for a lead contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan.
An Obama administration official told Congress Wednesday that Michigan officials failed to heed federal warnings about the crisis and delayed for months telling the public about the health risks of lead-contaminated water.
Joel Beauvais, acting water chief for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said federal officials urged the state to treat Flint water for corrosion-causing elements last year but were “met with resistance” from state officials.
Keith Creagh, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, agreed that the state should have required Flint to treat its water, but said the EPA “did not display the sense of urgency that the situation demanded,” allowing the problem to fester for months.
WASHINGTON (WLNS) – While the governor works to handle the Flint water crisis in Washington DC the House Oversight committee will get a handle of their own on the problems.
They will discuss how the Safe Drinking Water Act was applied in the City of Flint.
Representatives will hear testimony on the situation in Flint and how the Federal Environmental Protection Agency has been adhering to the act.
The description of the hearing says the EPA is responsible for overseeing state and local water systems and knew about Flint’s contaminated water as early as June of last year.
Testimony will be heard Wednesday at 9 a.m. from EPA representatives and experts.