Michigan officials knew of lead risks to Flint a year before city began drawing water from river

In an undated photo, LeeAnne Walters of Flint shows water samples from her home to Flint emergency manager Jerry Ambrose after city and state officials spoke during a forum that addressed growing health concerns about the drinking water.

The Lansing State Journal reports that Michigan state and local officials knew a year in advance of lead contamination issues without proper treatment to water drawn from the Flint River.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality went ahead and authorized the city’s plan to pump water from the river, and into residents’ homes, without adding an important chemical that would prevent contamination from lead in old pipes.

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