U.S. EPA announced on Thursday that it was shutting down Nalcos NalCo Water Treatment and Treatment Plant, the only water treatment facility in the United States that treats and dispenses water.
The announcement was made on Twitter by Acting Administrator John Reilly.
Reilly noted that NalCO Water Treatment has been shut down due to the agency’s ongoing investigations into Nalcis water plant.
The plant, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, was built in 2006.
Reilly added that the EPA was working with local authorities and stakeholders to resolve issues and resolve issues quickly.
The Nalcus Nalca Water Treatment facility has been closed and will be closed for the next 2 weeks until we resolve this issue.
pic.twitter.com/JpzQpzZ8qQ — EPA (@EPA) April 29, 2020 “In order to provide water to the communities that need it, the EPA has a responsibility to protect public health and the environment, including the environment itself, the safety of the public and people working in and around our water system, Reilly said in a statement.
The shutdown will affect up to 3,000 workers and contractors at the facility, including some 1,000 construction workers.
The EPA has been working with Nalcare to resolve the issue and to restore operations, Reilly added.
Nalcom has operated the facility since it opened in 2006, according to Reilly, and NalCare has taken responsibility for water treatment for water from the facility.
The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the shutdown.
The closures come on the heels of a recent federal court order requiring the Nalcor water treatment plant to resume treatment of treated water from nearby Flint, Michigan.
The decision was filed by a judge in Detroit who ordered that the company return the water it had delivered to Flint to the city in January.
Flint residents, who have been suffering lead contamination for years, have complained of lead levels in their water after they switched their water source from Detroit to the Flint River in 2014.
The city switched to the Detroit water system in 2015, after months of water problems.
Officials have said the switch to the River was necessary for residents to be able to bathe in safe water and to protect themselves from lead.