Michigan’s governor Rick Snyder is being scrutinized over the handling of the water crisis happening in Flint. While the state unanimously approved $28 million to go towards the lead leaching crisis, response has been lackluster. Lawsuits are filed and the U.S. government has been involved. On Jan. 12, U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence from Southfield formally requested a hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Her request was granted by chair Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) but fails to include Governor Snyder on the list of those who will testify at the first hearing on Feb. 3.
Those who are expected to testify include Don Wyant, the former director of the Michigan DEQ who resigned abruptly in December due to the mishandling of Flint’s water concerns. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician from Hurley Medical Center who tested children and found elevated levels of lead, will testify as a key witness. Also testifying is the EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman who will resign Feb. 1 for her departments’ mismanagement (it should be noted the EPA was aware of Flint’s situation months before it broke to the public in Oct. 2015). Newly elected mayor Karen Weaver will also raise her voice for her city she is now leading.
Though Gov. Snyder is not set to testify at this time, senior Democrat on the committee Elijah Cummings and Lawrence have requested he turn in all documents relating to the water handling. Documents include information from his office, staff, former Treasurer Andy Dillon and Emergency Managers appointed to the city in debt. All water decision documents are being requested beginning from Jan. 2013 to current day.
There are three Michigan U.S. Representatives on the committee including Lawrence and two Republicans, Tim Walberg and Justin Amash.