Yes, the EPA goofed. Yes, people are getting sick, some are dying. But this isn’t solely the EPA’s fault. The city of Flint has been PRETENDING to test their water for at least a year. Had they bothered to test the water, they’d have found it.
Via Michigan Live:
As concerns about Flint’s water quality were mounting earlier this year, the city disregarded federal rules requiring it to seek out homes with lead plumbing for testing, potentially leading the city and state to underestimate for months the extent of toxic lead leaching into Flint’s tap water.
City water officials filed certified documents with state regulators that claimed the city only tested tap water from homes where residents were at the highest risk of lead poisoning, but records obtained by The Flint Journal-MLive show those claims were false and may have delayed efforts to fix the public health emergency here.