A regional director with the US Environmental Protection Agency has resigned.
Susan Hedman’s resignation is linked to the drinking water crisis in Flint, with the announcement coming down Thursday afternoon.
Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich released a statement on Hedman’s resignation.
“We’ve said since day one everyone at every level needs to be held accountable for whatever role they had in this crisis,” he said. “It’s unfortunate the legislature and state aren’t moving nearly as swiftly as the federal government now appears to be.”
On the EPA website it said the Hedman was appointed by President Barack Obama to be EPA Region 5 Administrator on Earth Day 2010.
She directed EPA operations in the six-state Great Lakes region that includes Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the reservations of 35 federally-recognized tribes. She led a team of over 1,000 scientists, engineers, lawyers, environmental specialists and administrative staff in the Region 5 Office.
Hedman said last week that, though her agency did not alert the public to the potential dangers, it followed proper protocol by repeatedly prompting Michigan’s DEQ to implement corrosion controls.
Not alerting the public that they are being poisoned is the proper protocol? She goes on to completely shift the blame to others but it’s clear she and her agency knew the risks posed to the public by keeping quiet.
“It is important to understand the clear roles here,” Hedman said. “Communication about lead in drinking water and the health impacts associated with that, that’s the role of DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services), the county health department and the drinking water utility.”