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Whitmer will comply with federal Flint water crisis probe

By: - January 16, 2019 11:25 pm

Gretchen Whitmer in helping with a bottled water distribution in Flint, April 28, 2018 | Twitter

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will continue to work with the federal oversight panel investigating Michigan’s Flint water crisis, according to MLive-The Flint Journal.

The new Democratic governor has pledged to help the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform collect whatever additional documents the committee still needs for the panel’s probe into who may be responsible for what went wrong in Flint, MLive reported.

Rick Snyder

Former Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, had previously been asked by U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) to offer more documents related to the crisis by Jan. 11.

His term as governor expired Jan. 1, so Whitmer will now take over on that front.

A spokeswoman for Whitmer, Tiffany Brown, said the new governor’s administration “is committed to working cooperatively with the Attorney General’s Office and the U. S. Committee on Oversight and Reform on the committee’s requests,” MLive reported.

Snyder has said in the past that he submitted all documents related to the crisis.

But Cummings has questioned Snyder’s testimony to the congressional oversight panel regarding his knowledge of Flint water contamination and an outbreak of deadly Legionnaires’ disease in Flint.

Whitmer’s first executive directive was inspired, in part, by the Flint water crisis. It mandates that department-level state employees “who become aware of an imminent threat to public health, safety or welfare must immediately report it to their department director or agency head.”

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Michael Gerstein
Michael Gerstein

Michael Gerstein is a former Advance reporter covering the Governor's office, criminal justice and the environment.