Flint Water Advisory Task Force finds state "fundamentally accountable" for Flint's water emergency

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FLINT (WJRT) - (03/23/16) - Governmental failure, inaction and environmental injustice - just some of the words that describe Flint's water emergency.

Wednesday, the Flint Water Advisory Task Force released their investigation that found that the state of Michigan is "fundamentally accountable" for Flint's water emergency.

Governor Rick Snyder appointed the five member panel in October to figure out what went wrong in the city. It is made up of environmental and water system experts, along with medical doctors.

The following are some of the highlights from their lengthy report:

Once and for all, the task force says it was the state-appointed Emergency Manager who made the decision to switch to the Flint River. City officials did not.

Ultimately, accountability for executive office decisions rests on the shoulders of Snyder.

They point to Michigan Department of Environmental Quality as being the agency who is most responsible for the failure.

The task force concluded the state health department didn't act fast enough - let alone understand their own research happening in Flint. They say because of that, the crisis went on much longer than it should have.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) says there are still questions to be answered.

"Why was this allowed to happen? What failings happened in government that allowed this many people to come forward and so many knew about it and never addressed the issue before it became a crisis, like it is now?"

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