Mayor Weaver ready to face MDEQ in court if necessary

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FLINT (WJRT) - (06/13/18) - Flint's mayor responded to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's notice to take legal action if the city doesn't comply with an administrative consent order.

"They want to talk about fining us $500 a day, but they didn't think we were worth $100 a day for corrosion control," said Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. "This is the mess that the Snyder administration and MDEQ created."

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality sent Weaver's office a letter dated June 4, asking the mayor to sign an administrative consent order to correct "deficiencies" with Flint's water system.

The state outlined deadlines, some of them at the end of June and some later in the year, that the city would need to meet in order to be in compliance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act.

But Mayor Weaver responded with her own letter Monday, saying they are in compliance. She called the proposed consent order a "deliberate and willful" misuse of the Department of Environmental Quality's authority.

The state then notified the mayor of their intent to take legal action.

"They're talking about, 'Let's go to court.' Let's go to court because they're the ones that have messed up and that seems to be the only way we can get issues solved or fixed with the state is to take them to court. So if that's what they want to do, let's go," Weaver said.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality first outlined deficiencies in the water system back in August 2017. A spokesman for agency said regulators stand by their proposed consent order, but they are reviewing the mayor's response.

"What’s most important is working together with the city to reach solutions in the interest of public health, and we are committed to that," read a statement from the state.

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