Snyder takes blame for Flint water crisis

Gov. Snyder outlines plan to address Flint water crisis on Jan. 11, 2016. (WEYI)

FLINT, Mich. (WOOD/AP)—Governor Snyder is taking the blame for the drinking water crisis in Flint.

In a news conference Monday afternoon, Snyder said Michigan’s response in recent months wasn’t “good enough” and he’s “responsible for what goes on in state government.”

Snyder officially dubbed the situation surrounding Flint’s water a crisis during the address.

Water drawn from the Flint River leached lead from old plumbing for months. Testing in October detected increased lead levels in residential water supplies and in children’s blood.

Snyder said his administration first confirmed lead problems around Oct. 1, after earlier mistakes made by other state agencies. He cited “major issues” at the Department of Environmental Quality, whose director recently resigned.

Earlier Monday, Snyder signed an executive order creating a team to address the issue.

The Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee will bring together experts to work on long-term solutions while addressing the ongoing public health concern, according to a news release from Governor Snyder’s office.

The governor’s office said the 17-member committee will include city, state and regional officials and experts that will convene through Dec. 31, 2018.

Snyder declared an emergency in Flint on Jan. 5, freeing up resources to help residents affected by the lead that leached through water pipes.

The state said Sunday water resource teams would begin going door-to-door in Flint Tuesday, handing out bottled water, water testing kits and other resources to families who have been impacted.

Snyder pledged Monday that officials will contact every household in Flint to ensure they have a filter and bottled water.

Snyder said residents should continue to use filters and bottled water until further notice.

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