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Upton monitoring Flint water crisis, to meet with Mich. Senators, House Oversight Committee

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The ongoing Flint water crisis will be a critical piece of the Governor's State of the State Address in Lansing Tuesday night.

But it's also a federal issue.

As Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees the EPA, Congressman Upton finds himself front and center when it comes to the Flint water investigation.

When Upton meets on Thursday with both Michigan Senators and the House Oversight Committee on the Flint water crisis, two questions will be priority number one.

"What did people know and when," Upton said Monday in an interview with Newschannel 3.

Congressman Upton says the discovery of Flint River water leeching lead off the pipes and sending that lead directly into the homes of tens of thousands is a problem that could and should have been prevented, and at the very least caught much earlier.

"According to some press accounts last week, the EPA was aware that the lead levels were too high last April and did nothing about it. That's not right," he said.

And it's up to Governor Snyder and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to right that wrong.

While millions in federal aid will provide bottled water, home testing kits, and water filters for Flint, and help is pouring in from around the state and the country, solving the problem once and for all will not be easy.

And who knows how many long-standing problems could be coming down the pipe.

"When you find out that not only is it not safe but its got lead in it; toxic. It's going to have life long impacts on one's health, especially children. That is just not acceptable," Upton said.

Newschannel 3 will follow those meetings in Washington on Thursday and let you know what happens.