In a pair of hearings at the House Oversight Committee, top officials involved in the Flint, Mich., drinking water crisis are slated to discuss the causes and aftermath of the lead contamination.
Following a hearing last month that only featured some secondary figures to the crisis, the panel is scheduled to meet Tuesday and Thursday to hear from major players in the crisis.
The Thursday event will be the bigger of the two, with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyEPA chief: ‘Help is on the way’ for farmers Trump moves to kill Obama water rule Obama EPA chief: Pruitt must uphold ‘law and science’ MORE set to testify.
Snyder was responsible for the emergency manager who oversaw Flint's April 2014 cost-cutting decision to switch water sources. That move resulted in lead and other pollutants leaching into the city's water supply.
McCarthy's agency is the main federal force responsible for enforcing the Safe Drinking Water Act. Agency officials knew in early 2015 that Flint had elevated lead levels but didn't take action beyond pushing Michigan and the city to act.
The Tuesday session is scheduled to feature Susan Hedman, who was the EPA's regional manager for the area that includes Flint before resigning in January due to the crisis; former Flint emergency manager Darnell Earley; former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling; and Virginia Tech engineering professor Marc Edwards, who did much of the early work researching Flint's water quality after the switch.
Congress is also in the midst of budget season, and the House Appropriations Committee has lined up more hearings.
The Interior and EPA subcommittee has a hearing Tuesday on the Fish and Wildlife Service's 2017 funding request and a Thursday meeting on the National Park Service's request.
The energy and water subcommittee is scheduled to meet Wednesday on the Energy Department's environmental management programs.
The House Science Committee is planning a Tuesday hearing on a proposed EPA rule that Republicans say would prevent amateur racecar drivers from modifying their vehicles' engines.
On the other side of Capitol Hill, the Senate is negotiating to resolve holds that are preventing an energy package and Flint aid bill from moving forward.
Sen. Bill NelsonBill NelsonThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Overnight Tech: Senate votes to eliminate Obama internet privacy rules | FCC chief wants to stay out of 'political debate' on fake news | Wikileaks reveals new CIA docs FCC chairman: Whether NY Times, CNN, NBC are 'fake news' is a ‘political debate’ MORE (D-Fla.) has a hold to protest a Republican amendment to increase states' shares of offshore drilling revenue, and Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeLawmakers signal fight for healthcare reform is not over Lee: Healthcare 'absolutely not' behind us GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (R-Utah) still has budgetary objections to the Flint bill.
Senators have said they are very close to resolving the holds, so the chamber could resume formal consideration of the legislation.
Meanwhile, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is planning a Tuesday hearing on President Obama's memorandum from last year on mitigating environmental harm and a Thursday hearing on two dozen bills related to national parks.
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday on possible legislation to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act.
Off Capitol Hill, the American Council on Renewable Energy is slated to hold its annual policy forum Thursday.
Major speakers will include EPA air and radiation chief Janet McCabe, Sens. Ron WydenRon WydenThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Overnight Regulation: Senate moves to strike Obama-era internet privacy rules Overnight Tech: Senate votes to eliminate Obama internet privacy rules | FCC chief wants to stay out of 'political debate' on fake news | Wikileaks reveals new CIA docs MORE (D-Ore.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDems introduce MAR-A-LAGO Act to publish visitor logs Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support The Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee MORE (D-R.I.), and Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Friends, foes spar in fight on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Live coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing MORE (R-Iowa), along with EPA senior counsel Joe Goffman and numerous private sector and interest group representatives.
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