LANSING, Michigan —Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D–Flint) has formally requested Senate hearings to comprehensively examine the Flint water crisis. He has recommended a strong legislative role since the beginning of the crisis and his letter today emphasized why this is necessary even with other reviews taking place.
“The Legislature has a unique role and responsibility in thoroughly examining what went wrong, what still needs to be fixed, and how to ensure it never happens again,” Sen. Ananich said. “Our work is not complete until we fully exercise our obligation to ask the tough questions and enact the right solutions.”
Sen. Ananich made the official request in a letter to the Senate Majority Leader and shared with the chairpersons of the Senate Oversight, Government Operations and Health Policy Committees. Key points highlighted in the letter include:
The Environmental Protection Agency also just released a finalized report that stressed additional and ongoing health risks from lead exposure that are a result of the water crisis. This new development emphasizes the fact that actions taken earlier should not be the end of the effort to aggressively, and effectively, address the health and safety of Flint families.
Sen. Ananich successfully pushed for the swift return to a safe drinking water source and for resources to help with filters and support for affected families. He has repeatedly and comprehensively outlined critical steps necessary to address the current crisis and prevent the threat of this happening again, whether in Flint or elsewhere.
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