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EPA Must Do More to Avoid Another Flint Crisis, Watchdog Says

May 17, 2022, 8:04 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t fully addressed concerns over its handling of water supply contamination raised nearly four years after the crisis of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Mich., according to a report Tuesday from the EPA’s internal watchdog.

EPA’s Office of Inspector General in 2018 highlighted multiple lapses at the federal, state, and local level following the 2014 Flint water crisis, which was triggered by the city’s switch to a new water supply that corroded pipes lined with lead and contaminated the community’s drinking water. EPA drew fire for not providing adequate oversight that might have detected ...