Snyder to testify in D.C. over Flint water crisis

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LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Gov. Rick Snyder will have an opportunity to testify in Washington D.C. about Flint’s water crisis.

Less than an hour after Snyder tweeted his request to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, they agreed.

In a press release issued Friday, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who is the chairman of the committee, said he appreciated Snyder’s willingness to appear before the committee and also looked forward to testimony from Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy.

“Their perspectives on this issue are important as we seek to ensure a crisis of this magnitude never occurs in another American city. The diverse and insightful panel of witnesses assembled will shed light on many of our remaining questions and help us propose reforms to the authorizing committees,” said Chaffetz in the release.

Former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley will also testify.

No date for the hearing has been set.

Snyder specified his request in a later release, saying he wanted a chance to explain the roles of local, state and federal governments in the crisis and what improvements he is recommending.

Snyder’s request came several hours after he released thousands of additional departmental emails and documents on the crisis in an effort to convey transparency.

In a release, Snyder said all levels of government failed Flint’s residents. He continued:

“This crisis should never have happened, but we are making progress each day to meet the needs of residents. By making the information easily accessible, everyone can review it and take what they need, and then we can all focus and work together on solutions, healing and moving Flint forward.”

Below are links to all of the emails and documents released Friday. Note that some of the files are very large and will take time to load. The files will best display on non-mobile devices.

Snyder added in a second release on Friday that he was not invited to D.C. on Feb. 3 in which the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform discussed Flint’s crisis.

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