DEQ Chief Wyant: 'Wrongdoing of staff' not an issue in Flint water crisis

Oct 13, 2015

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has been feeling the heat not just over high levels of lead in Flint’s drinking water, but for denying there was a problem in the face of evidence. Current State speaks with DEQ Director Dan Wyant.


Michigan DEQ Director Dan Wyant
Credit Courtesy photo / Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

State and other officials face important challenges trying to correct Flint’s alarming water situation. Among the challenges: getting to the bottom of dangerously high readings of lead in several Flint schools. Among the questions: why were months of complaints of unsatisfactory water countered with assurances that it was safe?

In the meantime, at risk Flint residents have been getting bottled water and free lead filters. Plans are also moving forward to reconnect the city to Detroit water. Those measures are part of 10-point plan put forth by Gov. Rick Snyder.

One agency at the center of the Flint drinking water crisis is the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Current State talks with DEQ Director Dan Wyant.