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NBC Report: EPA launches investigation into Jackson’s water system

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The Environmental Protection Agency sent a team from its inspector general’s office to Jackson to investigate the city’s water management, NBC News reported Friday.

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said Monday he had few details about what the federal agency was reviewing.

“I don’t have a lot of details about that,” Lumumba told a press briefing. “I had city workers call me and say someone had asked them questions.

“I just shared with them to cooperate. That’s all I know. I don’t know the scope, I don’t know the timeline they’re looking at.

The EPA’s OIG is an independent team that conducts audits and investigations, seeking to “prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, and misconduct.” The office is funded separately from the rest of the EPA.

A spokesperson for the agency told NBC News that the investigation will involve a “multidisciplinary” review of recent problems with the capital’s water system.

Last week, EPA Administrator Michael Regan spoke to Mississippi politicians about the availability of federal funds that could help Jackson. Regan did not mention his agency’s investigation.

While it’s unclear who or what specifically is being investigated, the NBC report says the investigation “will begin with conversations with local, state and federal actors who have a role in oversight of public resources dedicated to ensuring that residents have safe drinking water”.

— Article credit to Alex Rozier of Mississippi Today —