Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich Calls for Auditor General to Examine Failed DEQ Process

Letter questions accountability, protocols within Department of Environmental Quality

 LANSING, Michigan — Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D–Flint) today sent a letter to the Auditor General of Michigan, Doug Ringler, requesting answers to certain questions in the audit of the Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance (ODWMA) within the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

“The Flint water crisis was mishandled by experts from the beginning and it’s inexcusable,” Sen. Ananich said. “This audit can help answer questions and inform the independent and legislative review that is necessary.”

The audit will assess the sufficiency of ODWMA’s oversight of the State’s drinking water and environmental health programs. Sen. Ananich has requested the audit address specific concerns about ODWMA operations, including:

Sen. Ananich intends to use information and answers to his questions returned by the audit to determine what legislative steps may be necessary to strengthen transparency and accountability within the ODWMA.

A copy of Senator Ananich’s letter can be viewed here.

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