EPA regional head will resign in wake of Michigan water disaster
The top of a water tower is seen at the Flint Water Plant in Flint, Michigan on Jan. 13, 2016. (Reuters/Rebecca Cook)

The head of the Midwest region of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has offered her resignation over the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, the agency said on Thursday.

The EPA also issued an emergency order requiring Michigan and the city of Flint to take immediate steps after determining that the response by the local governments has been "inadequate to protect human health."

(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Eric Beech)