EGLE fulfills Oversight Committee request, posts Benton Harbor documents online for public accessibility

EGLE fulfills Oversight Committee request, posts Benton Harbor documents online for public accessibility

(AMN) – More than 5,800 documents related to the State of Michigan’s response to elevated lead levels in Benton Harbor drinking water were made public following their release to the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee earlier today.

The records fulfill the committee’s Oct. 18 request of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) to produce the documents. On Nov. 3, more than 11,000 pages were released and made available on the agency’s Benton Harbor Public Documents Release page. Today’s documents were added to that page.

The documents made public today include:

  • Notices and minutes of meetings EGLE held and/or attended related to lead levels in Benton Harbor’s drinking water;
  • A range of responsive email communications between EGLE employees, their department colleagues, and other officials and stakeholders;
  • Formal and informal communications between EGLE and Benton Harbor officials, including Violation Notices and ongoing exchanges about compliance activities; and  
  • Documents related to water infrastructure grant programs (e.g., State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan).

“Transparency and accountability are critical to public confidence in EGLE’s work,” said Liesl Clark, EGLE director. “We welcome a thorough review of our sustained and ongoing response to high lead levels in Benton Harbor. Making these documents easily accessible is part of that process.”