Congress Destroys Rick Snyder During Flint Water Crisis Testimony

by Alfonso Matthews Marcha 18, 2016, 14:02

Governor Rick Snyder and the head of the Environmental Protection Agency were center stage in front of the House Oversight Committee where both were accused of failing to protect the people of Flint when they knew there was lead in the water.

Members of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee were unified in their disgust that the poisoning of Flint's water supply was allowed to occur, but they were split on who deserved the most blame.

Lawsuits against the state and the governor allege violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, a federal law which protects the public drinking water supply.

Republicans on the committee placed much of the blame on McCarthy and the EPA, which many party members want to eliminate because they feel it is too powerful.

Snyder did not escape unscathed.

Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., went after Snyder, early on, saying he was exhausted of him dodging responsibility and spreading the blame. "That's cheap", Rep. Jason Chaffetz said.

The city switched back to the Detroit system last October.

The untreated water leached lead from the aging pipes.

Children are the population, most vulnerable to the pernicious effects of lead, a toxin that affects the neurological system and can lead to permanent learning delays and behavioral problems.

Cummings noted that Snyder often likened running the state of MI to running a business, telling the governor that if he had manufactured a toy sold to children that contained lead, he would likely face criminal charges.

Flint water was turned back to Detroit's supply, which comes from Lake Huron, in October 2015.

With many questions still stirring regarding the Flint, MI water crisis, the world was waiting to hear from one man and he was on the hot seat today [Thursday, March 17] in Congress.

But Ms McCarthy blamed state officials hand-picked by the governor. But she said the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, or MDEQ, assured the EPA it was under control.

She pointed the finger at the state, criticising Mr Snyder's hand-picked officials in Flint as well as state regulators. I am going to make Flint and every community in MI a better place to live.

Later, Snyder admitted to Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., that his state-appointed management team failed to prevent the water crisis.

"We all know when we are elected to office, we take an oath and we are empowered to hire staff. Do you have staff who reports to you and do you have regular staff meetings", she asked rhetorically, implying that either governor's staff was incompetent or the governor was lying.

SHAWN THEW/EPA Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy during Thursday's hearing.

Governor Snyder talked about what the state is doing now to help those affected, from infrastructure to health care.

"I've had about enough of your false contrition and phony apologies", Cartwright added.

However, Snyder said federal bureaucrats could have responded sooner if they had used common sense. On the congressman's page alone, dozens of comments were from MI residents. This is the third hearing regarding the water crisis.

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