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Flint Congressman wants EPA investigation of Flint water crisis

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US Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a thorough investigation into what led to Flint's unsafe drinking water.

In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Kildee seeks answers to questions about the adequacy of the EPA's oversight of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  

Kildee said both the EPA and the MDEQ gave repeated assurances that Flint's water was safe to consume, despite evidence that the water quality was unsafe.

Kildee said he is seeking transparency about what happened and accountability.  

"The City of Flint residents should not be handed the bill for this massive failure of government at the state level and potentially at the federal level as well," said Kildee. 

Kildee said the citizens of Flint are victims of the water crisis and should not have to pay to fix it. 

Kildee has asked for a response from EPA Administrator McCarthy by October 27, 2015.