Michigan official resigns amid Flint water issue

Posted at 3:54 PM, Dec 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-29 15:54:24-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s environmental quality director has stepped down after a task force reported errors made by the state in the handling of Flint’s water crisis.

Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday that he accepted Dan Wyant’s resignation. Snyder says he’s also making other changes in the Department of Environmental Quality.

Snyder created the Flint Water Advisory Task Force in October to review government actions after children were found to have elevated levels of lead in their blood and it was determined that corrosive river water was leaching lead from aging service lines.

Michigan’s auditor general said in a report Monday that the Department of Environmental Quality erred in not requiring Flint to immediately combat corrosion when it switched from Detroit’s system to the Flint River in 2014.