TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer plans to restructure the state environmental agency that drew criticism for its handling of the Flint water crisis under former Gov. Rick Snyder.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will become the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. The agency will house new public advocacy offices for clean water and "environmental justice" to help ensure fair consideration of low-income and minority community interests, according to officials who briefed the AP ahead of an announcement scheduled for Monday.
"This is about finding real solutions to clean up our drinking water so every Michigander can bathe their kids and give them a glass of water at the dinner table safely," Whitmer, a Democrat elected last November, said in a statement. "We have a chance to build a system that really works so we can protect our water and improve public health."