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(FLINT, Mich.) —  An administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency has resigned amid the crisis over Flint, Michigan’s toxic drinking water, the agency confirmed.

The news about Region 5 administrator Susan Hedman came Thursday, one day after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder released all of his emails from 2014 and 2015 tied to Flint. Her resignation will take effect Feb. 1.

“EPA Region 5’s focus remains solely on the restoration of Flint’s drinking water,” a statement from the EPA read.

Hedman oversaw regulations in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Elevated lead levels were found in the water supply in Flint after the city switched from the Detroit water line to save money in 2014 and began drawing water from the Flint River.

Improperly treated water from the Flint River allowed lead to leach into the water until the city switched back to Detroit’s supply in October.

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