|Jake May (Flint Journal)|
By Brandon Hall
The top Michigan EPA official is out of a job tonight as fallout over the Flint water issues continues. She resigned, but that was likely a courtesy.
It's becoming increasingly clear that all levels of government are to blame for the problems facing Flint...
According to The Hill:
"The regional Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief responsible for Michigan is resigning amid charges that she did not do enough to prevent the Flint, Mich., drinking water crisis.
Susan Hedman, regional administrator for the EPA’s Chicago-based region 5, submitted her resignation Thursday, effective Feb. 1, the EPA said.
“EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has accepted given Susan’s strong interest in ensuring that EPA region 5’s focus remains solely on the restoration of Flint’s drinking water,” an EPA spokeswoman said late Thursday.
Hedman told the Detroit News last week that her office knew in April 2015 that Flint’s action to switch its water supply could cause increased pipe corrosion and spiked lead levels.
She did not notify the public or take similar action, instead only pushing Michigan officials to fix the problems, the News said."
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
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