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House Energy and Commerce Committee seeks flint answers

After a U.S. House hearing Wednesday on lead contamination in Flint's water supply comes another inquiry.  Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are asking state and federal environmental officials for information and documents related to the water crisis in Flint.

Republican Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan and Democrat Frank Pallone of New Jersey sent letters to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Wednesday seeking information on Flint. Upton chairs the energy panel while Pallone is the senior Democrat.

The lawmakers are asking a series of questions, including details on how the two agencies are responding to the crisis and whether it is possible to coat lead pipes in Flint to reduce lead in the drinking water to safe levels and how long that would take if so.

The letters seek answers by Feb. 17.