Snyder to testify before House committee March 17

Posted at 12:30 PM, Feb 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-25 13:24:52-05

WASHINGTON D.C. — Gov. Rick Snyder and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthyare scheduled to testify March 17about the Flint water crisis.

The hearing is organized by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Four other people, including former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, will be called to testify about the crisis March 15.   Earley was previously called to testify during the House Oversight Committee’s Feb. 3 hearing on the water crisis, but he did not attend.

Former EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman, Former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech researcher who first noticed the issues with Flint’s water, are also scheduled to testify March 15.

Gov. Snyder’s office said Feb. 12 that he had offered to testify before the committee.   He was not called to testify before the committee during their Feb. 3 hearing about Flint.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies before the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee about the Gold King mine disaster in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 16, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Earlier this week the governor announced his office will release thousands of his staff’s emails dating back to when he took office in 2011 related to Flint’s lead-contaminated water crisis.

Snyder previously voluntarily released his own Flint emails from over a two-year period.

Flint is under a public health emergency after its drinking water became tainted when the city switched from the Detroit system and began drawing from the Flint River in April 2014 to save money. The city was under state management at the time.

Water was not properly treated to keep lead from pipes from leaching into the supply. Some children’s blood has tested positive for lead, a potent neurotoxin linked to learning disabilities, lower IQ and behavioral problems.

The Associated Press contributed to this report