WASHINGTON (AP) – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says a lead-contamination water crisis in Flint, Michigan represents “a failure of government at all levels.”
But Snyder tells Congress that the main culprit in the manmade disaster is a state agency he oversees. He says the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality repeatedly assured him and other officials that water from the Flint River was safe, when in reality it had dangerous levels of lead.
Snyder, a Republican, says in prepared testimony that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also made mistakes. He says top officials silenced an EPA water expert who tried to raise alarms about Flint’s water.
Snyder is set to testify Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Associated Press obtained a copy of his testimony in advance.