Environmental Protection Agency admits shortcomings on Flint Water Crisis

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FLINT, MI (WILX) -- The head of the Environmental Protection Agency admits his agency's shortcomings in its communications with the public during the Flint Water Crisis.

EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler made the remarks Tuesday while addressing the Mid-Atlantic Lead Forum.

He believes the agency needs to improve its risk communications.

"There's the Kanawha River in West Virginia, the Gold King Mine in Colorado. And of course more recently, there was Flint, Michigan, which has become the poster-child for our need to improve risk communication," Wheeler said.

At Tuesday's event, Wheeler announced the federal government's action plan to reduce childhood lead exposure.

It will include new regulatory actions from the EPA.

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