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Office of Inspector General

Report: Drinking Water Contamination in Flint, Michigan, Demonstrates a Need to Clarify EPA Authority to Issue Emergency Orders to Protect the Public

Report #17-P-0004, Oct 20, 2016

What Was Found

This report is an EPA OIG Management Alert. To avoid future public health harm through drinking water contamination, the EPA needs to clarify for its employees how its emergency authority can and should be used to intervene in a public health threat.

Report Materials

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EPA had authority, sufficient information to issue emergency order protecting Flint residents from lead-contaminated water as early as June 2015
[OIG News Release]
Podcast: Report Overview with Charles Brunton

Video: Flint Water Crisis
EPA OIG Multimedia, 8:37

(full screen)

video transcript(1 pg, 4 K)

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