Democrats on Flint committee want former EMs, Snyder to testify

flintA joint legislative committee looking into the Flint water crisis was told today that state environmental watchdogs failed to follow federal clean water rules.

The state auditor general says the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality mis-interpreted a rule that’s supposed to ensure lead doesn’t seep into drinking water. The Republican chair of the committee says he wants to question DEQ officials.

State Senator Jim Ananich says he also wants to hear from former Flint emergency managers and from Governor Rick Snyder. The Flint lawmaker says it’s about accountability.

“You can’t really get to solutions unless you know what happened. So, people in Flint want those answers and I think they deserve them,” said Ananich.

The governor testified last week before a congressional committee. Next week, the legislative panel plans to head to Flint.