WASHINGTON — The two top-most government officials linked to the Flint water crisis — Gov. Rick Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy — will go before a congressional committee Thursday and tell two vastly different stories about how high levels of lead were allowed to leach into homes.
Snyder will say that the contamination of Flint’s water supply was a failure of government at every level: local, state and federal.
McCarthy’s message will place the blame squarely on the state, criticizing decisions not only by state regulators but by Snyder’s hand-picked officials in Flint, saying if the EPA made any mistake it was having been “so trusting of the state for so long.”
“Looking back on Flint, from Day 1, the state provided our regional office with confusing, incomplete and incorrect information,” McCarthy said in prepared testimony released Wednesday night. “Their interactions with us were intransigent, misleading and contentious.”