Justice Department, EPA working with Jackson to remedy water crisis
For Immediate Release:
September 26, 2022
(Jackson, Miss) – Today, City of Jackson officials met with U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan and U.S. Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim to discuss plans of the federal agencies to immediately engage in negotiations with the City to address its water system needs.
“We believe that it is imperative that we enter into agreements with a team that is solely and sincerely focused on an objective of ensuring safe and reliable drinking water to the residents of Jackson,” said Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. “We believe this arrangement represents the best path forward.”
The Justice Department, EPA and City stated they intend to work together to seek appropriate relief for the City under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The parties involved intend to craft a comprehensive plan to remedy violations under the Act and create a schedule for implementing that plan.
Mayor Lumumba expressed his appreciation to both agencies in their shared goal to provide quality drinking water to City of Jackson water customers.
“We believe that having this agreement in place is better for everyone,” he said.
The City of Jackson will provide more details as developments occur.