Robert Gehl reports:
The Flint water crisis has its first real victim, and it’s not going to make liberals happy.
EPA Region 5 administrator Susan Hedman offered up her resignation and will step down next month. Her resignation was accepted by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Fox News is reporting.
Hedman admitted that the agency knew about the lack of corrosion control in the water supply for months without telling the public.
Liberals have been blaming Republican Gov. Rick Snyder for the crisis – some even calling for his arrest – but the Obama Administration were the ones who hid the issue from the public.
After they found out in April that lack of corrosion controls in the city were contaminating the water, the Environmental Protection Agency shifted responsibility to the Department of Environmental Quality, trying to get them to take action. Rather than take quick and decisive action, EPA Administrator Susan Hedman decided to seek a legal opinion on whether they could even act. That legal opinion took seven months.
Flint’s water became contaminated with lead when the city switched its water source in 2014 as a cost-cutting measure while the city was under state financial management. The Flint River water was not properly treated to keep lead from pipes from leaching into the supply. Elevated blood-lead levels were found in two city zip codes.
The community about 75 miles north of Detroit, has about 100,000 residents, with about 40 percent of them living below the poverty line. The population is nearly 60 percent black, causing “blacktivsts” to come out of the woodwork and claim it was all racism. One of Al Sharpton’s local stooges hysterically said Flint’s water was “almost as bad as gas chambers for Jews” and that it was “genocide.”
For his part, Gov. Snyder apologized for the state’s inaction in dealing with the crisis. But claiming there was some criminality involved is an entirely different matter.
A task force created by Snyder said the state’s Department of Environmental Quality erred by not requiring Flint to keep corrosive water from leaching lead from pipes into residents’ homes and disparaging concerns from residents.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver refused to call for Snyder’s resignation while at a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., saying investigations should go forward. She said she wants Snyder to give Flint the services and the money needed to address the problem.