A regional Environmental Protection Agency administrator has lost her job over the rising Flint, Michigan, water crisis, over accusations she didn’t take strong enough action about the lead contamination claims she received.
Susan Hedman, who serves as regional administrator for Chicago’s region 5, turned in her resignation and is set to leave her office on February 1, the Hill reported.
“EPA administrator Gina McCarthy has accepted, given Susan’s strong interest in ensuring that EPA region 5’s focus remains on the restoration of Flint’s drinking water,” one EPA spokeswoman said.
The resignation comes after Hedman was quoted in the Detroit News saying her office was informed in April 2015 that the switch of drinking water for residents from Lake Huron to Flint River could bring contamination.
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But after receiving that warning, she did not let the public know, the Hill reported. Rather, Hedman only told Michigan government officials to fix the contamination problem.
The Flint water problem has led to elevated lead levels in several children, leading residents to protest, demand the resignation and arrest of Gov. Rick Snyder, and launch a class action law suit, as WND previously reported.