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White House opens inquiry into EPA over Flint, Snyder asked to testify in Congress

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regional administrator is stepping down over the public health crisis in Flint.

That comes as President Obama orders an inquiry into how the EPA handles information that could affect the public health.

It’s all in response to revelations that the EPA knew about lead contamination in Flint’s water system – but never went public with that information.

"The president wants to get to the bottom of that and he wants to get to the bottom of that quickly,, said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. "We don’t want a situation where the EPA is unnecessarily obstructed from being able to share information with the public that has a direct impact on the safety and well-being of the public."

"The president does want to make sure - and will make sure – that if there were errors or wrongdoing that was carried out by officials at the EPA, that they’re held accountable for those actions." 

Also on Thursday, the Detroit Free Press reported that Gov. Rick Snyder may be called upon to testify before a congressional oversight panel on the Flint water crisis.

There’s no word from the governor’s office on how it might respond.

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