According to Governor Tate Reeves, Jackson Mayor Antar Lumumba is ending the city’s cooperation with the Unified Command Structure that has been helping the city to bring solutions to the water crisis.
The Governor says the mayor is refusing to be a part of selecting a water operator alongside federal and state water experts, which the Biden Administration had requested. Reeves called that a huge mistake on the city’s part.
Reeves said the EPA pressed the state to take the lead in the logistical process of procuring a new water operator. The Mississippi State Department of Health had asked the city to review the technicalities of the request.
“Throughout this emergency, we have had to procure chemicals, workers, and materials for the city routinely because they were incapable of doing so. This is a continuation of that process in an unbiased way—led by technical experts,” Reeves wrote on his Facebook.
Reeves made the following post on Facebook Monday morning:
After this statement was made, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba responded with the following:
“The City of Jackson has made no mention of ending the City’s cooperation with the Unified Command Structure. In fact, we continue to work closely with the Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Mississippi State Department of Health.