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FILE- In this March 17, 2016 file photo, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing looking into the circumstances surrounding high levels of lead found in many residents' tap water in Flint, Mich. The nation's top environmental regulator is warning of "systemic issues" that threaten the long-term ability to provide safe drinking water to Flint after the city's lead contamination crisis subsides. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
FILE- In this March 17, 2016 file photo, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
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EPA chief warns of ‘systemic’ issues with Flint water safety

The country's top environmental regulator has warned of "systemic" problems that threaten the long-term ability to provide safe drinking water in Flint after the city's lead contamination crisis subsides.

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NJ lawmakers consider voiding DEP’s new rules on development near waterways

The seemingly dry topic of water-protection rules could provoke a rarity by month’s end: A legislative veto invalidating new DEP rules for development.

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FLINT, MI - MARCH 17: Flint CFO Jody Lundquist addresses residents' concerns regarding water bills at a town hall meeting held by Flint Mayor Karen Weaver about water, public safety and job opportunities on March 17, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Flint continues to work through the effects of lead-contaminated water supply. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Flint CFO Jody Lundquist addresses residents' concerns regarding water bills on March 17, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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Scientists say Flint water quality OK for bathing, showering

Municipal water in Flint, Michigan, has improved significantly and is suitable for personal cleanliness uses, scientists said Tuesday in a bid to calm fears raised by actor Mark Ruffalo and others who have questioned the safety of the supply that flows into the city's bathtubs and showers.

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This Tuesday, May 24, 2016, image taken from video shows David G. Mata Sr. turning on the faucet in the basement of his home in Flint, Mich. State and local officials are asking Flint residents to flush the pipes in their homes every day for two weeks. Some residents like Mata are giving it a shot, but not all believe the effort will have its intended effect of helping to remove lead particles and coat the pipes. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)
This Tuesday, May 24, 2016, image taken from video shows David G. Mata Sr. turning on the faucet in the basement of his home in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)
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Flint residents hope pipe flushing will help get lead out

Foul-smelling water that came through the tap of David G. Mata Sr.'s house in Flint last year turned his sinks and toilets a brownish-orange color and nearly killed all of his plants.

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FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 file photo, hundreds of cases of bottled water are stored at a church in Flint, Mich. After months of national attention on lead-tainted drinking water in Flint, many are starting to ask questions about a 74-mile pipeline being built from Lake Huron to the struggling former auto manufacturing powerhouse. The $285 million project is rooted in political ambitions and long-simmering resentment toward Detroit, which for decades had near-total control of the city's water rates. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 file photo, hundreds of cases of bottled water are stored at a church in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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In Flint crisis, questions grow over quest for pipeline

With drab olive chairs and worn carpet, the conference room in the low-slung administrative building near the Genesee County wastewater treatment plant isn't fancy, but it showcases one of Jeff Wright's greatest treasures: Permit No. 2009-001.

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President Barack Obama drinks filtered Flint, Mich. water during a briefing on the response and recovery plans of the ongoing water crisis by the unified command group at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint, Mich., Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama drinks filtered Flint, Mich. water during a briefing in Flint, Mich., Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Obama drinks filtered city water in Flint to show it’s safe

Showing support for the beleaguered residents of Flint, Michigan, President Barack Obama drank filtered city water on Wednesday to show that it is again safe following a lead-contamination crisis.

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In this photo taken March 21, 2016, the Flint Water Plant water tower is seen in Flint, Mich. President Barack Obama next week will make his first trip to Flint, Mich. since the impoverished city was found to have lead-tainted drinking water, the White House said Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this photo taken March 21, 2016, the Flint Water Plant water tower is seen in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Flint residents tell civil rights panel of fear, distrust

Half a century after a civil rights panel investigated Flint's segregated housing, the commission held its first hearing Thursday into whether city residents again faced discrimination or racial bias -- this time related to the city's crisis over lead-tainted drinking water.

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FILE--In this Feb. 18, 2016 file photo, Gov. Rick Snyder addresses the media in Flint, Mich. Michigan would have the toughest lead-testing rules in the nation and require the replacement of all underground lead service pipes in the state under a sweeping plan Gov. Rick Snyder and a team of water experts will unveil Friday, April 15, 2015 in the wake of Flint's water crisis. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
FILE--In this Feb. 18, 2016 file photo, Gov. Rick Snyder addresses the media in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Michigan urges toughest lead rules in US after Flint crisis

Michigan would have the toughest lead-testing rules in the nation and require the replacement of all underground lead service pipes in the state under a sweeping plan that Gov. Rick Snyder and a team of water experts unveiled Friday in the wake of Flint's water crisis.

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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016, file photo, Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., left, and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., listen to a question as they discuss proposed legislation to help Flint, Mich. with their current water crisis during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. It's been two years since problems began with the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, and nearly six months since officials declared a public health emergency. Yet a bipartisan congressional effort to aid the predominantly African-American city is idling in the Senate. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016, file photo, Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., left, and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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Michigan’s lament: As Congress bickers, Flint suffers

It's been two years since problems began with the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, and nearly six months since officials declared a public health emergency there.

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FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 photo, the Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, FILE)
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Michigan governor plans stricter lead-test rules after Flint

Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday he wants Flint and the entire state to have more stringent lead-level regulations than what federal rules require, following the city's water contamination crisis.

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