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Flint residents want answers from this week's congressional hearings on water crisis

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

People in Flint say they have questions they want answered at this week’s congressional hearings into the city’s water crisis.

Starting Tuesday, former emergency manager Darnell Earley, former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and Gov. Rick Snyder are scheduled to testify before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform committee.  

Current and former officials with the Environmental Protection Agency are also scheduled to appear before the committee.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says she has a list of questions.

“We’re looking for the questions that will give us the answers to who should be held accountable … across all levels,” Weaver told reporters last week.

Activist Melissa Mays says she wants to hear Snyder discuss his response to the crisis when he testifies on Thursday.  

“Just if you read the emails, the picture’s clear. He did not care. We were not a priority. I’m pretty sure Congress will pull the rest of the details out of him,” says Mays.

Some Flint residents are not satisfied with watching the hearings on C-SPAN. Dozens are planning to attend the hearings in Washington D.C.   

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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