"U.S. Lawmakers Chastise Officials At All Levels Over Flint Crisis"

"U.S. lawmakers criticized environmental officials at a hearing on Wednesday for not acting sooner when they saw a report that drinking water in Flint, Michigan was polluted with dangerously high levels of lead.

'I never thought this could happen in America,' and in a state, 'surrounded by fresh water of the Great Lakes,' Brenda Lawrence, a Democrat of Michigan, said at a House Oversight panel examining the water crisis in Flint, a city of 100,000.

The panel issued subpoenas to officials who did not show up to testify about water found to have lead levels that hamper brain development and cause other health problems. Thousands of children are believed to have ingested the polluted water in Flint, a mostly African American and Latino suburb near Detroit."

Timothy Gardner reports for Reuters February 3, 2016.

Source: Reuters, 02/04/2016