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Office of Inspector General

Report: Management Weaknesses Delayed Response to Flint Water Crisis

Report #18-P-0221, July 19, 2018

What Was Found

The EPA should strengthen its oversight of state drinking water programs to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the agency's response to drinking water contamination emergencies.

Report Materials

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EPA OIG finds management weaknesses delayed response to Flint water crisis [OIG News Release]

Podcast: Report Overview with Charles Brunton 

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Video: Further Insight into the Flint Water Crisis
EPA OIG Multimedia, 4:12

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Our October 2016 Interim Report on the Flint Water CrisisOct 2016 Flint Report Cover

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

Report Slideshow

  • Flint River 3 Use the arrows to the right and left to scroll through this image gallery slideshow. (image of the Flint River)
  • EPA Emergency Response Flint EPA Emergency Response Flint
  • EPA testing EPA testing
  • EPA testing 2 EPA testing 2
  • EPA testing 3 EPA testing 3
  • Flint River 2 Flint River 2
  • Flint River 3 Flint River 3
  • Flint Vehicle City sign Flint Vehicle City sign
  • Flint Water Treatment Plant old building Flint Water Treatment Plant old building
  • Flint Water Treatment Plant shed Flint Water Treatment Plant shed
  • Flint Water Treatment Plant tower 1 Flint Water Treatment Plant tower 1
  • Flint Water Treatment Plant tower 2 Flint Water Treatment Plant tower 2
  • Flint Water Treatment plant Flint Water Treatment plant
  • Flint Water Treatment Plant 2 Flint Water Treatment Plant 2
  • Flint Water Treatment Plant 3 Flint Water Treatment Plant 3
  • Flint Water Treatment Plant 4 Flint Water Treatment Plant 4
  • Flint Water Treatment Plant 5 Flint Water Treatment Plant 5
  • Flint Water Treatment Plant 6 Flint Water Treatment Plant 6
  • pipes pipes
  • street view building street view building
  • street view building 2 street view building 2
  • street view building 3 street view building 3
  • street view neighborhood street view neighborhood
  • street view neighborhood 2 street view neighborhood 2
  • street view sign street view sign
  • Water distribution 2 Water distribution 2 
  • Water distribution 3 Water distribution 3
  • Water distribution 4 Water distribution 4
  • Water distribution 5 Water distribution 5
  • Water distribution 6 Water distribution 6
  • Water lab Water lab

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