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Congressional Democrats get update on Flint's recovery

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

A dozen members of Congress received an update Friday on the Flint water crisis.

The group, all Democrats, met with city residents and inspected a pipe replacement project on the city’s north side.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says they remained committed to helping Flint recover.

“It’s not just about Flint and water,” Pelosi told reporters as she stood next to an open pit where crews were replacing a lead service line. “It’s about our responsibilities to each other in our country to make the future better.”

The Democrats’ visit comes a day after the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General released an audit critical of the EPA’s handling of the crisis. Specifically, the report blamed communication issues within the EPA and between the EPA and state regulators for delaying federal involvement in solving the crisis.

“I believe it was a failure at the EPA,” says Flint Rep. Dan Kildee. “They should be much more aggressive in their oversight responsibilities.”

An EPA spokeswoman says the agency plans to implement the recommendations in the audit. 

Kildee will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's weekly radio address on Saturday. Kildee's remarks will focus on Flint's recovery.  

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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