Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is restructuring the state agency that drew criticism for its handling of the Flint water crisis under former Gov. Rick Snyder.
The Associated Press obtained details of Whitmer’s plan to restructure the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The plan is expected to be formally released later Monday.
The changes include new offices of public advocates for clean water and for interests of low-income and minority communities. Another office will focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting renewable energy.
The Democratic governor’s plan also calls for strengthening a team dealing with newly emerging toxic chemicals in drinking water.
The agency also will be renamed the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.
Department Director Liesl Clark will head the revamped department. She tells the AP the changes are intended to restore public trust.