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Ex-Flint manager says he relied on experts in water crisis

Mar 15, 2016

Former Flint emergency manager Darnell Earley
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

WASHINGTON (AP) - The state-appointed emergency manager who oversaw Flint, Michigan, when the city's water source was switched to the Flint River says he relied on state and federal experts, but the experts failed him and Flint.

  Darnell Earley says in prepared testimony for a House hearing Tuesday that he was overwhelmed by challenges facing the impoverished city and relied on experts from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to advise him.

  Earley says that for months after the April 2014 switch he believed information he received was accurate.

  But he says in hindsight he should have done more to challenge the experts. Earley said his actions "failed to ameliorate the troubles plaguing Flint's water."

  The Associated Press obtained a copy of Earley's testimony in advance.