FLINT: EPA Inspector General's Office examining Agency's response

EPA Office of Inspector General to speak with early complainants about Flint water.

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WASHINGTON, April 11, 2016 -- As part of its ongoing review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s response and oversight regarding drinking water contamination in Flint, Mich., an EPA Office of Inspector General team met in Flint on Saturday, April 9, with a sample of residents who submitted complaints about their water to the EPA, the White House or the EPA OIG between April 2014 and October 2015.

The purpose of these invitation-only meetings is to determine how the EPA responded to early requests for assistance. The team also hopes to meet with current and former city officials, and other individuals with relevant knowledge, while in the area.

When the EPA OIG completes its program evaluation regarding Flint, a final report will be posted to its website. A memorandum describing the review is available now at http://go.usa.gov/cPK99.

The OIG is an independent office within the EPA that performs audits, program evaluations and investigations of the EPA and the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, and their contractors, and prevents and detects fraud, waste and abuse. By helping the EPA and CSB operate more economically, effectively and efficiently, the OIG contributes to improved environmental quality and human health. The OIG strives to provide solutions to problems that ultimately result in making America a cleaner and healthier place. For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/oig and follow the OIG on Twitter at @EPAoig (https://twitter.com/EPAoig).

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