Louisiana’s senior U.S. Sen. David Vitter is among a trio of senators who have launched a probe into the Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of the water quality crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Vitter, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) sent a letter to the EPA, demanding information about when the agency became aware of the city’s lead-tainted water supply.
“It certainly appears that the EPA did not take action, or at a minimum, alert citizens about the lead contamination,” the senators wrote.
Vitter, a Republican and a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has represented Louisiana in the Senate since 2005. He has said he won’t seek re-election this fall.
Vitter, Inhofe and Cornyn are seeking access to internal EPA correspondence about the water crisis, as well as information about briefings that the agency held on it.