White House opens inquiry into EPA over Flint, Snyder asked to testify in Congress

Grifos 7President Obama has ordered an inquiry into how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) handles information that could affect the public health.

That’s after revelations that EPA officials knew about lead in Flint’s drinking water, but never went public with that information because that responsibility rests with state and local officials.

“The president wants to get to the bottom of that and he wants to get to the bottom of that quickly. We don’t want a situation where the EPA is unnecessarily obstructed from being able to share information with the public that has a direct impact on the safety and well-being of the public,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

“The president does want to make sure – and will make sure – that if there were errors or wrongdoing that was carried out by officials at the EPA, that they’re held accountable for those actions.”

Also on Thursday, the Detroit Free Press reported that Gov. Rick Snyder may be called upon to testify before a congressional oversight panel on the Flint water crisis.

There’s no word from the governor’s office on how we might respond.