EPA Chief: We “did our job” in the Flint water disaster

posted at 12:01 pm on January 19, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

We previously discussed the fact that the hilariously named Environmental Protection Agency knew about the toxic levels of lead in Flint, Michigan’s water supply months before they let anyone know about it and the uproar that followed. At the time the news broke, the EPA didn’t have any comment for the press, but with a bit more time to gather her thoughts, Gina McCarthy has weighed in on the subject. What went wrong at the EPA? Why… nothing, of course! (Daily Caller)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief told reporters the agency “did its job” when asked how the Obama administration handled the ongoing water crisis in the city of Flint, Mich.

“EPA did its job but clearly the outcome was not what anyone would have wanted,” Gina McCarthy told reporters while at an event at a D.C. soup kitchen showing how to reduce food waste.

McCarthy’s remarks come after news that agency officials knew there was lead in Flint’s water at least six months before state regulators admitted in October to using the wrong standards for keeping lead pollution out of drinking water.

“So we’re going to work with the state, we’re going to work with Flint,” McCarthy said. “We’re going to take care of the problem. We know Flint is a situation that never should have happened.”

So if the EPA “did its job” in Flint, is it finally time for somebody to ask Ms. McCarthy precisely what she thinks the job of the EPA actually is? We’re about to see some of the most acrobatic dancing around a subject ever seen in Washington, DC without a doubt. With their chief admitting that Flint is a situation that never should have happened and the agency had information in its hands which could have cut the problem off at the pass shortly after it was discovered, how on Earth does that translate into doing your job?

Their Region 5 Administrator, Susan Hedman, told the Detroit News that she had been “seeking a legal opinion” on whether or not the EPA could force action for most of the spring and summer but she never received a response from her bosses until November. Even if we’re to accept the premise that the EPA couldn’t force any action, if you know that there are toxic levels of lead in the water, wouldn’t you at least tell somebody? You don’t need a court order to pick up a phone and call the newspapers and say, “Hey. The water here is poisonous. You might want to clue in the public to get some bottled water.”

This also brings us back to the question of accountability. I agreed yesterday that the Governor may not have known the specifics of the situation until recently, but since he’s the captain of the ship he needs to take responsibility. But what about the EPA’s role in all of this? You’ll note that the reporters asked McCarthy specifically how the Obama administration handled the ongoing water crisis. If the Governor of Michigan is responsible for the failures of the state Department of Environmental Quality in this matter, wouldn’t Barack Obama be equally responsible for the EPA spiking the story for six months and allowing everyone to build up toxic lead levels in their blood?

What’s good for the goose, as they say. And in this case, if justifiably angry residents want the Governor to answer for these charges, then surely they must be ready to lay the same amount of blame at the door of the White House.

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I do not think any of the Republican candidates for President will dissolve, so to speak, the EPA.

Mr. Arrogant on January 19, 2016 at 12:03 PM

EPGay

Oil Can on January 19, 2016 at 12:03 PM

manGina has spoken!

ConstantineXI on January 19, 2016 at 12:05 PM

Well, they’re not the People Protection Agency.

Flange on January 19, 2016 at 12:07 PM

The problem here is the assumption that the federal government is supposed to step in and impose its will. This was actually a failing with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. They ignored complaints about the bad water, and the known issue of the corrosive effects of the Flint River water. And as to why Flint was using the Flint River as its water source read the following.

http://thefederalist.com/2016/01/19/hillary-clinton-cant-blame-michigans-governor-for-flints-water/

I don’t want the EPA in my state mucking things up even worse. We’ll fix this ourselves, TYVM.

NotCoach on January 19, 2016 at 12:07 PM

They did their job alright, they got a Republican to take the blame rightfully Obama’s

Rogue on January 19, 2016 at 12:08 PM

I beleive I saw on late night TV news rallies at black churches (or just Flint churches full of rewsidents) calling for all the blame to be on the governor.

I wonder who is organizing these rallies?? (Not really — Debbie what’s her name)

fred5678 on January 19, 2016 at 12:10 PM

She looks like a stern ol’ lesbeen hag…

OmahaConservative on January 19, 2016 at 12:10 PM

Sorta like Janet Reno did a “job” on those inconvenient Waco Branch Davidians….

viking01 on January 19, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Anybody thinking that blame by Flintoids will go any further than Snyder (R) needs a primer:

UAWFlintDemocrats

No way, no how will this fall into Obama’s lap from their perspective.

SteveInRTP on January 19, 2016 at 12:12 PM

EPA: “A new study from the WHO indicates that high levels of lead in humans raises IQ. President Obama has been drinking leaded water throughout his term in office. Proof positive that it works.”

vnvet on January 19, 2016 at 12:13 PM

Heap the blame, 100% of the blame on the Republicans! They will gladly and willingly accept it…without a peep.

winston on January 19, 2016 at 12:17 PM

EPA: “A new study from the WHO indicates that high levels of lead in humans raises IQ. President Obama has been drinking leaded water throughout his term in office. Proof positive that it works.”

vnvet on January 19, 2016 at 12:13 PM

ROFL!

Given that Obama has admitted to being a pothead I’m surprised a study about that hasn’t been released.

Probably because Obama is against pot legalization: because there is no reliable way to TAX it…

ConstantineXI on January 19, 2016 at 12:18 PM

What’s good for the goose, as they say. And in this case, if justifiably angry residents want the Governor to answer for these charges, then surely they must be ready to lay the same amount of blame at the door of the White House.

C’mon. Flint is a Democrat stronghold. They would much rather blame the Republican governor than the Democrat preezy.

Bitter Clinger on January 19, 2016 at 12:18 PM

The EPA sure did a job on the Animas and San Juan Rivers.

As orange as Weasel Boehner’s day-glo tan.

viking01 on January 19, 2016 at 12:19 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief told reporters the agency “did its job” when asked how the Obama administration handled the ongoing water crisis in the city of Flint, Mich.

The same way “the system worked” when it came to Richard Reid, the failed shoe bomber.

Mitoch55 on January 19, 2016 at 12:19 PM

She looks like a stern ol’ lesbeen hag…

OmahaConservative on January 19, 2016 at 12:10 PM

… with Bill Clinton hair.

TXUS on January 19, 2016 at 12:20 PM

We have a lower standard of accountability for democrats.

JoeHanson on January 19, 2016 at 12:25 PM

In the Obama administration failure = success.

The Obama legacy – Proving that the government can ruin a country.

albill on January 19, 2016 at 12:26 PM

I do not think any of the Republican candidates for President will dissolve, so to speak, the EPA.

Mr. Arrogant on January 19, 2016 at 12:03 PM

Not sure why you would think that they can as the EPA is codified into laws that Congress wrote.

Johnnyreb on January 19, 2016 at 12:26 PM

If she goes to the SCOTUS, Sotomayor’s and Kagan’s votes are in her pocket.

Rix on January 19, 2016 at 12:27 PM

Not sure why you would think that they can as the EPA is codified into laws that Congress wrote.

Johnnyreb on January 19, 2016 at 12:26 PM

They can reign in the EPA and apply a strict adherence to the law instead of letting the EPA run wild creating law itself.

NotCoach on January 19, 2016 at 12:27 PM

This is the Dem’s holy grail and expect them to shamelessly exploit it with the help of the bootlick media: A (R) governor allowed contaminated drinking water in a mostly minority city. It perfectly feeds their narrative that republicans hate the environment and minorities. If the governor were a (D) the media would ignore it or dismiss it as a “local” story.

heretic on January 19, 2016 at 12:28 PM

I am soooooo gonna use that line at work!

SailorMark on January 19, 2016 at 12:29 PM

From a bureaucrat’s perspective they did do their job. Dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s is the job, and I’m sure the disaster is duly documented.

Fenris on January 19, 2016 at 12:29 PM

The EPA isn’t about protecting people of the environment. All they are these days are a regulatory agency to control the people. END THE EPA

TaxUsLess on January 19, 2016 at 12:29 PM

Not sure why you would think that they can as the EPA is codified into laws that Congress wrote.

Johnnyreb on January 19, 2016 at 12:26 PM

They can reign in the EPA and apply a strict adherence to the law instead of letting the EPA run wild creating law itself.

NotCoach on January 19, 2016 at 12:27 PM

They sure can, and I hope Trump will, but they can’t “dissolve” the EPA as you posted.

Johnnyreb on January 19, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Yes you always hear that they did their job. Ever wonder what their job as they totally blow the water problem in Michigan and don’t forget what a great job they are doing with the pollution they are dumping in the river with the stupid mining accident. Its brown but the claim it is drinkable.

pwb on January 19, 2016 at 12:31 PM

The Environmental Polluter Agency

hip shot on January 19, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Just like you did with that mine in Colorado?

GWB on January 19, 2016 at 12:37 PM

This woman is psychotic if she really believes the EPA did their job on this.

jake49 on January 19, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Does anyone believe Hillary, the Dems, and the MSM would be talking nonstop about this if the governor had a ‘D’ at the end of his name?

This state has been circling the drain for at least three decades. The Dems acted like it didn’t even exist until a Repub got elected.

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on January 19, 2016 at 12:41 PM

Remove sovereign immunity of every federal agency from State courts and this problem would be nipped in the bud very quickly…

ConstantineXI on January 19, 2016 at 12:42 PM

This woman is psychotic if she really believes the EPA did their job on this.

jake49 on January 19, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Not taking responsibility is the hallmark of this administration. Just spit out any old line and half the country will buy it anyway.

Bitter Clinger on January 19, 2016 at 12:43 PM

hilarious spin job here, folks.

clearly a state controlled issue, and now you are complaining that a federal department which you have defunded and handcuffed wasn’t able to force the state’s hand here.

amazing stuff.

take responsibility for once in your gdamned lives.

everdiso on January 19, 2016 at 12:46 PM

…EPA chief admitting that Flint is a situation that never should have happened…

This just proves the EPA chief puts pants on one leg at a time, just like every other guy.

dirtseller on January 19, 2016 at 12:47 PM

NOTE TO Gina McCarthy:

“Denial” is NOT a river!!!

landlines on January 19, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Here again is the inherent inefficiency of government agencies. A private company or individual would have maintained the land far better, and could also be sued for negligence — at least we would recover some financial restitution. No way under the EPA.

John the Libertarian on January 19, 2016 at 12:53 PM

hilarious spin job here, folks.

clearly a state controlled issue, and now you are complaining that a federal department which you have defunded and handcuffed wasn’t able to force the state’s hand here.

amazing stuff.

take responsibility for once in your gdamned lives.

everdiso on January 19, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Wow, this steaming pile deserves the Billy Madison quote:

What you just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I’ve ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone here is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and my God have mercy on your soul.

Hank_Scorpio on January 19, 2016 at 12:54 PM

take responsibility for once in your gdamned lives.

everdiso on January 19, 2016 at 12:46 PM

LOL, says the head cheerleader for nanny government.

antipc on January 19, 2016 at 12:55 PM

This woman is psychotic if she really believes the EPA did their job on this.

jake49 on January 19, 2016 at 12:38 PM

I thought it was the EPA’s job to rewrite reality.

antipc on January 19, 2016 at 12:58 PM

“EPA did its job but clearly the outcome was not what anyone would have wanted,” Gina McCarthy told reporters while at an event at a D.C. soup kitchen showing how to reduce food waste.

H3ll, I know this represents a tiny aspect of the matter, but I wouldn’t exactly say the EPA, as represented by EPA Chief McCarthy, did it’s job if reporters had to corner her at a soup kitchen show and tell in order to get answer from the EPA on EPA’s performance on this matter.

Dusty on January 19, 2016 at 12:59 PM

Another crowning achievement for Gang-green.

antipc on January 19, 2016 at 12:59 PM

hilarious spin job here, folks.

clearly a state controlled issue, and now you are complaining that a federal department which you have defunded and handcuffed wasn’t able to force the state’s hand here.

amazing stuff.

take responsibility for once in your gdamned lives.

everdiso on January 19, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Seriously? The EPA has not been defunded by anyone. You need to at least try and keep up. The EPA got a funding increase in 2016.

Johnnyreb on January 19, 2016 at 1:00 PM

everdiso on January 19, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Shut yer gob, troll.

You know nothing, except who isn’t to blame. Couldn’t possibly be your Lord and Savior Barry Soertoro. To suggest otherwise would be blasphemy….

It starts locally, and goes all they way up to Washington D.C.

I’m just surprised he/she/it didn’t say they needed more funding…

wytshus on January 19, 2016 at 1:03 PM

hilarious spin job here, folks.

clearly a state controlled issue, and now you are complaining that a federal department which you have defunded and handcuffed wasn’t able to force the state’s hand here.

amazing stuff.

take responsibility for once in your gdamned lives.

everdiso on January 19, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Wow, your skull is thicker than a grizzly bear’s.

Ward Cleaver on January 19, 2016 at 1:12 PM

if you know that there are toxic levels of lead in the water, wouldn’t you at least tell somebody?

Number 1 Rule of Bureaucracy: Don’t Make Waves.

A braver woman might have secretly leaked it, but call the papers? LOL, no, and HELL NO.

PattyJ on January 19, 2016 at 1:13 PM

They sure can, and I hope Trump will, but they can’t “dissolve” the EPA as you posted.

Johnnyreb on January 19, 2016 at 12:30 PM

I didn’t post that.

NotCoach on January 19, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Execute the bitch for capital crimes against the environment.

earlgrey on January 19, 2016 at 1:31 PM

hilarious spin job here, folks.

clearly a state controlled issue, and now you are complaining that a federal department which you have defunded and handcuffed wasn’t able to force the state’s hand here.

amazing stuff.

take responsibility for once in your gdamned lives.

everdiso on January 19, 2016 at 12:46 PM

That’s some funny shiite.

NotCoach on January 19, 2016 at 1:31 PM

the democrats cannot get a governorship legitimately so they use the court of public opinion to get them. Walker, Le Page, and now Snyder

RonK on January 19, 2016 at 1:36 PM

almost forgot Perry

RonK on January 19, 2016 at 1:36 PM

What kind of scumbag would put this bull in charge of anything?

Old eagle on January 19, 2016 at 1:40 PM

They sure can, and I hope Trump will, but they can’t “dissolve” the EPA as you posted.

Johnnyreb on January 19, 2016 at 12:30 PM

No, but as President, he could relocate all their offices to Prudhoe Bay Alaska and watch it disappear overnight through attrition.

dominigan on January 19, 2016 at 1:48 PM

hilarious spin job here, folks.

clearly a state controlled issue

everdiso on January 19, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Sometimes I agree with ED, others I don’t, but this is correct. This is a state issue, and Republican governance responsibility. To say otherwise is 100% spin. The decision to reroute the water supply came from the governor’s administration in order to cut costs, and the toxicity of the water had been known.

Now the Republican governor seeks fed aid to clean up his mess.

A state-led investigatory group found that the fault lies with the state:

A state-appointed task force preliminarily found that fault lies with the state DEQ, and on December 29, Wyant stepped down.

Attempts to pin this on the EPA are misguided partisanship deflection, period.

CivilDiscourse on January 19, 2016 at 2:37 PM

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the same kinds of personal fines and penalties that would be imposed on any private citizen who did what the EPA did in Flint and Colorado were imposed on the loons at the EPA?

cornbred on January 19, 2016 at 2:39 PM

NotCoach
Totally agree, except for the article premise you link—the governor bears responsibility here.

CivilDiscourse on January 19, 2016 at 2:42 PM

Kind of OT-

North Dakota Names Landfill After Obama

The state of North Dakota has named a new publicly-owned landfill after President Barack Obama.

In an overwhelming 35-10 vote, the state Senate advanced a bill naming a 650-acre site currently under construction after the nation’s 44th president. Governor Jack Dalrymple is expected to sign the measure into law Tuesday.

When completed, the Barack Obama Memorial Landfill will be the largest waste disposal site in North Dakota, and the 17th largest in the United States. It will be especially rich in toxic waste from the local petroleum and medical industries.

“We wanted to do something to honor the president,” says Republican State Senator Doug Perlman, who was the lead sponsor of the bill. “And I think a pile of garbage is a fitting tribute to Obama’s presidency.

“We originally planned on naming it after a nearby mountain. But then someone jokingly suggested we name it after Obama. I never thought an idea like that would actually pass. But I was pleasantly surprised.”

The president is hardly popular in North Dakota. The most recent poll in December 2013 found that Obama has a 35% approval rating in the state, although that figure may have fallen further in the year since. Yet even considering the political climate, seasoned observers are surprised that two Democratic lawmakers voted for the bill’s passage.

“I supported Obama because I thought he would end the wars in the Middle East;” says Allison Mitchell, a progressive Democrat from Grand Forks. “But he decided to fight new wars abroad instead of fighting for single-payer health care and jobs here at home. I guess people expected me to oppose this landfill thing because I’m a Democrat. But honestly I don’t really care anymore. Maybe this small act of protest will wake him up.”

Ordinary citizens in the state also seem to approve of the government’s choice.

“I can’t think of a better name,” says Joe Blough, a plumber from Minot. “It’s darkly colored and it’s full of sh!t. That pretty much sums up Obama.”

http://dailycurrant.com/2014/11/17/north-dakota-names-landfill-after-obama/

Patriot Vet on January 19, 2016 at 2:52 PM

NotCoach
Totally agree, except for the article premise you link—the governor bears responsibility here.

CivilDiscourse on January 19, 2016 at 2:42 PM

Snyder bares responsibility only in as much that he is the top executive. He established a commission last year to find out what went wrong, but he did not directly make any decisions here. And it was not his decision to use the Flint River. But when it was decided to use the Flint River the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality dropped the ball.

Of course the Flint River was only used after Detroit tried to screw Flint after Flint told them they were switching to a new source. The Flint River would have never been used if Detroit didn’t raise their rates at the last second because Flint told them they were leaving their system.

NotCoach on January 19, 2016 at 2:56 PM

“It’s darkly colored and it’s full of sh!t. That pretty much sums up Obama.”

And there you have it. Racism? What racism?

CivilDiscourse on January 19, 2016 at 2:58 PM

“A brain is a terrible thing to waste”, and Gina is STUCK ON STUPID!

Another Drew on January 19, 2016 at 3:01 PM

I was going to post:

So, she is the one who turned on the rainbow
lights at the White House!

Then, I thought to myself – no, that’s not
politically correct (not that I really care
about that) and other posters will think
I am being mean (don’t care about that either);
perhaps I shouldn’t create conflict with my
comment.

Then, I scroll through the postings and start
laughing hysterically. I should have known;
Hot Air posters will seldom disappoint.

Amjean on January 19, 2016 at 3:12 PM

This dude always bothers me somehow.

claudius on January 19, 2016 at 3:13 PM

Amjean
Politically incorrect? Mean? Meh. But if you focus on someone’s perceived sexuality as an attack rather than the issue at hand, as other commenters have done, you might just be a bigot. But, if you’re okay with that, do carry on. Just don’t pretend otherwise.

CivilDiscourse on January 19, 2016 at 3:19 PM

The MSM is hammering the hell out of the Flint water story because they’ve successfully attached culpability to the Republican Governor of Michigan, and him alone. Democrats are driving this story, and they’re doing so because it’s an election year.

The EPA’s culpability is significant. Do you hear anyone talking about that on CNN, though?

FishingwFredo on January 19, 2016 at 3:35 PM

FishingwFredo
Totally wrong. See above. And if you don’t cotton to listening to me, listen to NotCoach.

CivilDiscourse on January 19, 2016 at 3:58 PM

And the lawsuits shall go on for decades.

supersport667 on January 19, 2016 at 4:02 PM

hilarious spin job here, folks.

clearly a state controlled issue, and now you are complaining that a federal department which you have defunded and handcuffed wasn’t able to force the state’s hand here.

amazing stuff.

take responsibility for once in your gdamned lives.

everdiso on January 19, 2016 at 12:46 PM

I sure hope you’ve never blamed the fiasco after Katrina on Bush.

cptacek on January 19, 2016 at 4:58 PM

EPA’s job is environmental protection. The result. Not the process.

besser tot als rot on January 19, 2016 at 5:34 PM

We’re from the government and we’re here to help.

antipc on January 19, 2016 at 5:35 PM

Were any endangered smelt harmed?

MJBrutus on January 19, 2016 at 5:53 PM

She was prolly too busy chasing muff on Tinder to do any actual Protection of the Environment.

Neo on January 19, 2016 at 5:55 PM

Just so any low information idiots know what has happened, the two worst environmental disasters of this century were caused by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Affirmative action in action. And these are the incompetent idiots that think CO2 causes pollution and global warming, they think a farm pond pollutes our rivers and oceans. If they weren’t making life so miserable for so many people, they should be laughed out of existence. However, they do so much harm, they should be put down.

Old Country Boy on January 19, 2016 at 6:28 PM

“Doing your job” in government speak is different than “doing your job” in the private sector. Failure in government gets a bonus and maybe a promotion….failure in the private sector gets your a$$ fired.

jaywemm on January 19, 2016 at 7:28 PM

NotCoach
Totally agree, except for the article premise you link—the governor bears responsibility here.

CivilDiscourse on January 19, 2016 at 2:42 PM

I know libruls don’t have long memories if inconvenient for their discussion, but the fiasco of katrina was the fault of the Dhimocraptic governor of Lousiana and the dhimocraptic mayor of New Orleans. However, if I remember correctly, you all blamed it on president Bush.

Old Country Boy on January 19, 2016 at 7:43 PM

Gina McCarthy has to be fired, without pay. This and the Colorado toxic mess that is covered up are only two of many screw-ups she is involved in.

Amazingoly on January 19, 2016 at 8:02 PM

So if the EPA “did its job” in Flint, is it finally time for somebody to ask Ms. McCarthy precisely what she thinks the job of the EPA actually is? We’re about to see some of the most acrobatic dancing around a subject ever seen in Washington, DC without a doubt. With their chief admitting that Flint is a situation that never should have happened and the agency had information in its hands which could have cut the problem off at the pass shortly after it was discovered, how on Earth does that translate into doing your job?…
What’s good for the goose, as they say. And in this case, if justifiably angry residents want the Governor to answer for these charges, then surely they must be ready to lay the same amount of blame at the door of the White House.

Lots of good answers from the Commentariat; Ed set up a real easy lay-up here.

C’mon. Flint is a Democrat stronghold. They would much rather blame the Republican governor than the Democrat preezy.

Bitter Clinger on January 19, 2016 at 12:18 PM

The same way “the system worked” when it came to Richard Reid, the failed shoe bomber.

Mitoch55 on January 19, 2016 at 12:19 PM

And the Colorado mine blow-out as well, of course.

Here again is the inherent inefficiency of government agencies. A private company or individual would have maintained the land far better, and could also be sued for negligence — at least we would recover some financial restitution. No way under the EPA.

John the Libertarian on January 19, 2016 at 12:53 PM

The EPA isn’t about protecting people of the environment. All they are these days are a regulatory agency to control the people. END THE EPA

TaxUsLess on January 19, 2016 at 12:29 PM

AesopFan on January 19, 2016 at 8:11 PM

EPA Chief: We “did our job” in the Flint water disaster

The EPA doing “their job” is no doubt where they blame the Republican Governor for their Flint water disaster.

RJL on January 19, 2016 at 10:45 PM

Old Country Boy
You’re very simple, aren’t you? This disaster was CREATED by the state, not an act of God. Bush’s problem was failing to send back up in time (a stand-down order, if you will), and his administration’s decisions exacerbated an already horrible problem. You’ve got no comparative ground to stand on, here.

CivilDiscourse on January 20, 2016 at 1:05 AM

You don’t eliminate government agencies and to put that in a platform is always a mistake. What you say is that you will reform and modernize it. At the same time you award its primary role to another department and then provide little funds for the purpose. The bloated carcass organization now has thousands of people with no obvious purpose. The cockroaches in the leadership notices and jumps ship and the organization hollows out layer by layer. Takes a bit of time, but it can be done. You just have to be determined.

virgo on January 20, 2016 at 2:00 AM

EPA stayed silent on Flint’s tainted water.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s top Midwest official said her department knew as early as April about the lack of corrosion controls in Flint’s water supply…

Instead of moving quickly to verify the concerns or take preventative measures, federal officials opted to prod the DEQ to act, EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman told The Detroit News this week. Hedman said she sought a legal opinion on whether the EPA could force action, but it wasn’t completed until November.

The speedy wheels of bureaucracy in action…

Hedman defended her agency’s handling of the Flint water situation, saying her water quality staff repeatedly worked to convince the DEQ that corrosion controls were needed — to no avail.

To no avail, alas, the same federal government that CD thinks could have prevented the democrat led Katrina debacle, is hogtied by a five and dime state agency. Sure. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

The federal government’s actions are worth exploring, said Chris Kolb, co-chairman of the task force…In addition, EPA officials argue that there wasn’t sufficient early evidence for any sweeping steps to be taken…But critics such as Edwards contend Hedman acted with no urgency, even behind the scenes.

Yeah, no fault lies with the feckless EPA here.

F X Muldoon on January 20, 2016 at 6:49 AM

Bush’s problem was failing to send back up in time (a stand-down order, if you will), and his administration’s decisions exacerbated an already horrible problem. You’ve got no comparative ground to stand on, here.

Another acolyte of Howard Zinn I and revisionist history see. I know you are too lazy and incurious to read this because AAR as it will refute your lapdog talking points, but because you won’t, some highlights:

26 August: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco declare states of emergency preemptively, before the storm hit the National Hurricane Center (note – a federal agency) called Nagin and Blanco personally to plead with them to begin MANDATORY evacuation of New Orleans and they said they’d take it under consideration.

Under consideration. Mighty big of them.

27 August, Bush declares disaster areas for Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana – this was before landfall.

28 August, before landfall, Bush orders federal assistance. National Guard troops arriving, Active Component alerted for deployment.

Once the levees failed in New Orleans, active duty troops were mobilized to assist the rescue efforts in New Orleans. They used their experience in Iraq and other operations to bring order to a confused situation. The 67th Signal Battalion was deployed from Fort Gordon to set up communications for the Task Force Forward Command Post. Units from the 82nd Airborne Division began arriving at the New Orleans Airport seven hours after getting deployment orders.

I know you are consumed with BDS, and as a leftist facts are anathema to you, but anything FUBAR from Katrina is completely at the feet of the convicted felon Nagin and the gormless Blanco, and not Bush.

F X Muldoon on January 20, 2016 at 7:13 AM