EPA Faulted in Oversight of Early Stages in Flint Water Crisis

In the wake of the Flint water crisis, a federal watchdog wants the EPA to strengthen its oversight of state drinking water systems.

The EPA agrees.

The EPA’s Office of Inspector general says in the agency needs to be able to react faster during public health emergencies.

A whistleblower in the EPA’s Chicago office warned colleagues about the crisis in early 2015, but the agency didn’t do anything about it until months later.

The agency is now adopting the recommendation.