In this edition of The Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast listen to Roland Martin’s exclusive interview with Darnell Earley, former Emergency Manager of the City of Flint about his involvement in the Flint Water Crisis.
During his interview with Martin Early stated:
“The issues about the Flint River and its water quality is one of treatment and it is an issue that everyone has had to pretty much rely on the treatment experts — that would be the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, and they at no time said that the water was not fit for consumption.”
Darnell Earley Testifies On Capitol Hill
Darnell Earley appeared on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in Washington, Tuesday morning to answer questions about the origins and and his role in the Flint Water Crisis.
The Washington Post reported:
Darnell Earley said that he was overwhelmed by challenges facing the impoverished city and relied on experts from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the EPA to advise him.
Earley told the committee that he and other Flint leaders “were all totally dependent” on analysis and expertise provided by state and federal officials. For months after the April 2014 switch he believed information he was receiving — parts of it scientifically complex — was accurate, Earley told the committee.
But Earley said in hindsight he should have done more to challenge the experts who told him Flint’s water problems were harmless to human health and geographically limited in nature.