FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The latest on the lead contamination of drinking water in Flint, Michigan (all times local):
Federal regulators say state and city officials still aren't doing enough to fix problems that caused lead contamination in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan.
In a letter released Friday, Mark Pollins of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Flint doesn't have enough qualified personnel to ensure the city's water system meets federal requirements on preventing lead pollution. He also says the city and state need to develop a comprehensive plan for limiting corrosion from pipes.
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality spokeswoman Melanie Brown says the state received the letter and is reviewing it. Flint officials didn't immediately respond to an email.
Flint didn't add anti-corrosive chemicals after making the Flint River its water source in 2014, and the river's water scraped lead from aging pipes. High lead levels have been detected in some residents' tap water.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson led hundreds of protesters Friday to the Flint water treatment plant, which the civil rights leader referred to as a "crime scene."
The mile-long march began at Metropolitan Baptist Tabernacle, where Jackson, television Judge Greg Mathis, and others spoke to a packed sanctuary before heading out into the street.
Their route took them past the site of a once-mighty General Motors plant that now sits empty. Chants included, "No pipes, no peace," and "What do we want? Free water. When do we want it? Now."
For 18 months, Flint used the Flint River for drinking water. A lack of corrosion control caused lead to leach from old plumbing.
Jackson accused government officials of covering up the distribution of "dirty and poisoned water."