The problems surrounding Flint water crisis have grown so much that the FBI is now investigating how it started. The Detroit Free Press reports that a group of federal officials is involved in finding the wrongdoing that has occurred. Along with the FBI, this group includes the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the EPA’s Office of Inspector General, and its Criminal Investigation Division.
A regional director of the EPA has already resigned because of this crisis, as well as the head of the Department of the Environmental Quality for not requiring corrosion-control chemicals in treating Flint’s water (thus failing to prevent the water from becoming contaminated with lead). The former Flint emergency manager is stepping down from the same role for Detroit’s public school system, and will not testify in a congressional hearing on Wednesday about Flint.
There’s also the question of how much Michigan governor Rick Snyder knew about this crisis as it was spinning out of control.
Obviously, this crisis goes pretty high up in the government ranks. The FBI’s Detroit spokeswoman said that they were involved to determine if any federal violations occurred. Here’s to hoping that the investigation results in some true accountability.
(via Detroit Free Press)