Another Flint water hearing scheduled in Washington D.C.
The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy and the Subcommittee on Health will hold a joint hearing on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the Rayburn House Office building.
The hearing is entitled "Flint Water Crisis: Impacts and Lessons Learned."
Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only.
Members will look to the future as they assess the ongoing drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, seek a better understanding of drinking water infrastructure issues, and weigh the short-and long-term public health implications.
In February, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4470, the Safe Drinking Water Act Improved Compliance Awareness Act, sponsored by Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) by a vote of 416-2.
H.R. 4470 would ensure that the public promptly learns of excessive lead levels in their drinking water by setting forth how and when states, EPA, and public utilities communicate their findings.
The bill awaits action in the Senate.
"The entire situation in Flint, Michigan is heartbreaking. But we have a responsibility, working together as Republicans and Democrats, to find solutions to ensure what happened in Flint never happens again. We will carefully examine the underlying causes, various public health implications, and potential solutions. I'm not interested in finger pointing; I'm interested in being part of the solution. We need all levels of government to cooperate with each other and focus on what is in the best interest of the people we are privileged to serve," said Chairman Fred Upton