EPA official resigns over Flint water crisis

The top of a water tower is seen at the Flint Water Plant in Flint, MichiganBy Timothy Gardner and Fiona Ortiz WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – The head of the Midwest region of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offered her resignation over the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, the agency said on Thursday, as it issued an emergency order to resolve the growing problem. Susan Hedman, the second official to resign since the crisis unfolded, had played down a memo by an EPA employee that said tests had shown high levels of lead in the city’s water, telling Flint and Michigan administrators it was only a draft report. Hedman’s resignation will take effect Feb. 1, the EPA said.

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