EPA: Michigan should boost water safety in Flint, statewide

John Flesher, Associated Press on October 26, 2017

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Staff and funding shortages and poor data management are preventing Michigan environmental regulators from making sure that state residents have safe drinking water, federal officials said Thursday.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said deficiencies in Michigan's drinking water operations aren't limited to Flint, notorious for lead contamination of its system for 18 months starting in spring 2014. Investigations primarily blamed the state Department of Environmental Quality, which failed to require anti-corrosion pipeline treatments when the city changed its water source.

In its newly released report, the EPA evaluated the statewide effectiveness of Michigan's safe drinking water program. The study was based largely on examination of the state environmental department's files from October 2013 through September 2015, when the Flint crisis was at its height.

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