WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJBK) - The Congressional hearing on the Flint Water crisis came to a close nearly four hours after it started. Those in the hot seat were Keith Creagh, the Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Joel Beauvais, the Deputy Assistant Administrator at the Office of Water and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Marc Edwards from Virginia Teach, who has researched lead and water issues for years, and a resident of Flint were also there as witnesses.
You can watch a replay of the hearing in full on our YouTube page here.
The day began with Congressional chair committee Jason Chaffetz promising Darnell Earley will eventually be a part of the testimony. Earley was the emergency manager of Flint at the time the water source was switched from Detroit to the Flint River.
"He is vital to understanding what happened and how these decisions were made," Chaffetz says. "Participation before this committee is not optional!"
He said they are calling on help from the U.S. Marshals to subpoena Earley to testify. Chaffetz says the committee was informed Monday night Earley would not attend and that they sent a subpoena Tuesday, which Earley's attorney refused service.
"We're calling on the U.S. Marshals to hunt him down and hand him that subpoena," Chaffetz said while the crowd burst into applause.
FOX 2's Roop Raj has been following the hearing so far, and you can catch a breakdown of the testimony so far in the video player above. To watch the hearing in full, click here.
FOX 2 obtained testimony from several witnesses called at the hearing. Perhaps the biggest revelation in the testimony is an apology from Keith Creagh, the Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
"I want to start by apologizing to the residents of Flint. In retrospect, government at all levels should have done more," he says.
Another noteable piece of testimony will come from Joel Beauvais, the Deputy Assistant Administrator at the Office of Water and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
"MDEQ incorrectly advised the City of Flint that corrosion control treatment was not necessary, resulting in leaching of lead into the City’s drinking water. EPA regional staff urged MDEQ to address the lack of corrosion control, but was met with resistance. The delays in implementing the actions needed to treat the drinking water and in informing the public of ongoing health risks raise very serious concerns," he says.
More testimony will also come from Marc Edwards from Virginia Teach, who has researched lead and water issues for years.
"The very agencies paid to protect us, not only failed to do so, but also revealed their callous indifference to the plight of our most vulnerable," he wrote.
This is a developing story. Stay with FOX 2 for updates.