Chaffetz visits Flint to prep for hearings

Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzHouse Oversight panel demands DeVos turn over personal email records The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke GOP senators decline to criticize Acosta after new Epstein charges MORE (R-Utah) is heading to Flint, Mich., on Saturday to witness the city’s water crisis first-hand ahead of hearings on the issue this week.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman is scheduled to meet with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and tour the city's water plant before attending an open house at a local school put on by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The Washington Examiner reported.

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Chaffetz's committee is scheduled to hold two hearings to discuss the government’s response after learning of the lead contamination.

At the first hearing Tuesday, Flint’s former Mayor Dayne Walling and former Emergency Manager Darnell Earley are expected to testify alongside the EPA’s former Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman.

On Thursday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthyRegina (Gina) McCarthyOvernight Energy: Critics accuse Interior's top lawyer of misleading Congress | Boaty McBoatface makes key climate change discovery | Outrage over Trump's order to trim science advisory panels Trump's order to trim science advisory panels sparks outrage Overnight Energy: Trump order to trim science panels sparks outrage | Greens ask watchdog to investigate Interior's records policies | EPA to allow use of pesticide harmful to bees MORE will testify.

Flint's water crisis started in 2014 after an emergency manager appointed by Snyder switched the city's water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River to save money, but failed to treat the water with chemicals to eliminate lead from leaching out of corroded pipes.

State officials have been criticized for ignoring residents' concerns and resisting federal assistance in treating the water. 

Lawmakers have also questioned why the EPA did not step in sooner to address the crisis.