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Jackson, Mississippi, water crisis is becoming very serious problem for local residents, the Environmental Protection Agency has launched a review

Jackson, Mississippi – An official has confirmed to CBS News on Saturday that the Environmental Protection Agency has begun an investigation into the water crisis that occurred in Jackson, Mississippi, which left thousands of citizens without access to running water for several days.

CBS News was informed by Jennifer Kaplan, a representative for the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that the agency has begun a “multidisciplinary review” of the problem.

The Office of the Inspector General has dispatched staff to Jackson, where they are now gathering data and conducting interviews concerning the work that is being done in relation to the city’s water system.

According to what Kaplan had to say about the matter, “We’re going to be talking to as many folks as we can and seeing what type of work we can accomplish.” “Everyone pitch in and help out!”

Kaplan also disclosed to CBS News that she had conveyed information regarding the EPA investigation to the office of Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba.

Kaplan noted that the review is comprised of three different divisions: audits, assessments, and investigations.

She refused to go into detail about which divisions were being sent out by the OIG.

According to Kaplan, the study is comparable to the studies that were conducted in Flint, Michigan and Red Hill, Hawaii.

Nine people were charged as a consequence of the investigation into the Flint water crisis. Kaplan added that the material will be brought to the attention of the Justice Department in the event that there is proof of criminal activity. The OIG staff will also conduct interviews with officials from state and local governments, as well as the staff members of those governments.

When significant rainfall and floods in late August led to problems at the decaying O.B. Curtis Water Plant and a decline in water pressure citywide, the city of Jackson was already under a boil water notice for nearly a month at that point. The warning had been in effect for about a month. A state of emergency has been declared by the governor of Mississippi, Tate Reeves, while a disaster declaration has been issued by President Biden.

Because the water was unsafe, the National Guard was called in to assist with its distribution, schools and businesses were ordered to close their doors, and citizens were instructed to take their showers with their mouths closed in order to avoid getting sick.

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