A regional director of the Environmental Protection Agency resigned Thursday in connection with the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich., and EPA chief Gina McCarthy issued an emergency order directing state and city officials to take actions to protect public health.
McCarthy said in a statement that Susan Hedman, head of the EPA regional office in Chicago, whose jurisdiction includes Michigan, was stepping down Feb. 1.
The EPA "is deeply concerned by continuing delays and lack of transparency," McCarthy said in a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder.
She said that steps outlined in her order "are essential to ensuring the safe operation of Flint's drinking...