EPA Has No Answer Why It Didn't Inform Public About Lead Water

EPA Has No Answer Why It Didn't Inform Public About Lead Water

EPA Has No Answer Why It Didn't Inform Public About Lead Water

Joel Beauvais is the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water for the Environmental Protection Agency. So with that title, it would be assumed he should know exactly why the citizens of Flint, Michigan weren't told en masse that they were ingesting and bathing in poisonous lead water. Except he doesn't.

Before the House Oversight Committee, Mr. Beauvais came prepared with exactly no answers as to why Flint citizens were kept in the dark for nearly a year that the water in their homes was making their children sick. Calling him out on this was chairman of the committee Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). 

Chaffetz wanted to know why it took so long to get the information to the public even though EPA regulations manager Miguel Del Toral knew there were extremely high levels of lead in the water of Leanne Walters' home all the way back in February 2015. Walters was responsible for bringing this issue to light after telling state officials that her children's hair was suddenly falling out in chunks. 

Del Toral's discovery also included finding out that the Flint river supplying the city's water wasn't being treated with the proper chemical agents. By spring of 2015, Del Toral warned the agency that the City of Flint was understating the lead levels in its water and that the warning signs were being downplayed and even ignored.

Meanwhile, the citizens of Flint continued to be exposed.

 

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