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Michigan Civil Rights Commission working on final report on Flint water crisis

steve carmody
Michigan Radio
The Michigan Civil Rights Commission's third public hearing focused on environmental justice.

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is getting down to work on a final report on the Flint water crisis.

The process began roughly nine months ago when the commission decided to examine what factors may have contributed to the crisis. 

On Thursday, the commission held its third and final public hearing into allegations that classism and racism were root causes of the city’s lead-tainted drinking water.

Commission co-chair Arthur Horwitz says now the important work begins, putting together their findings in a final report.

“The information that we’ve gathered, what we’ve learned, gets funneled to the Department of Civil Rights,” says Horwitz. “The department’s charged with producing a final report with recommendations.”

Horwitz declined to speculate on what some of those recommendations may be.

The report is expected by December.

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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