September 30, 2022
EPA launches investigation into Jackson, Mississippi, water crisis

The Environmental Protection Agency has launched a review water crisis In Jackson, Mississippi, that left thousands of residents without water for several days, an official confirmed Saturday to CBS News.

Jennifer Kaplan, a spokeswoman for the EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), told CBS News that the agency had launched a “multidisciplinary review” of the crisis.

The OIG has sent personnel to Jackson who are currently on the ground and conducting interviews around work related to the city’s water system.

“We’re going to talk to as many people as possible and see what kind of work we can do,” Kaplan said. “It’s all hands on deck.”

Kaplan also told CBS News that he had informed the office of Jackson Mayor Chocway Antar Lumba about the EPA investigation.

Kaplan explained that the review includes three departments: audit, evaluation and investigation.

She would not specify which divisions were deployed by the OIG.

work is like a test Flint, MichiganAnd Red Hill, HawaiiKaplan said.

flint probe as a result of nine indictments, Kaplan explained that if there is evidence of criminal activity, the information would be sent to the Justice Department. OIG personnel will also interview state and local officials and their employees.

The city of Jackson was already under a boil water notice for almost a month when, in late August, heavy rainfall and flooding caused the deteriorating Obie Curtis Water Plant and a drop in water pressure across the city. President Biden issued a disaster declaration And Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves issued an emergency declaration.

The National Guard was called in to help with water distribution, schools and businesses were forced to close and residents were told take a shower with your mouth closed Because the water was not safe.

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