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Kildee presses for federal investigation of Flint drinking water debacle

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Flint Congressman Dan Kildee says he met with top federal officials yesterday to discuss Flint’s water problems.

Kildee told a town hall conference call last night about the meetings with officials from the EPA and the Centers for Disease Control.

“Both about getting additional federal resources for our city of Flint,” says Kildee.

Kildee has requested a formal EPA investigation into Flint’s drinking water debacle.

After 18 months of using the corrosive Flint River for its drinking water, the city this month switched back to Detroit water.

During the time Flint used its namesake river as its drinking water source, residents complained about the taste, smell and appearance of their tap water.

There were problems with e coli and high chemical levels in the water. 

Researchers discovered rising levels of lead in the drinking water in some Flint homes and increasing blood lead levels in many Flint children.

Two of those researchers answered questions from people during last night’s telephone town hall meeting.    A Kildee staffer says 4,000 people dialed in to last night's town hall.   

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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