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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

DETROIT (Reuters) – The Michigan Attorney General’s Office said on Thursday it will bring a second round of criminal charges related to the investigation into dangerous lead levels in the city of Flint‘s drinking water.

Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office said in a brief media advisory the charges would be announced on Friday morning. Office spokeswoman Andrea Bitely said she could provide no further information on the upcoming announcement, including specific charges and the identities of those being charged.

Flint, with a population of about 100,000, was under control of a state-appointed emergency manager in 2014 when it switched its water source from Detroit’s municipal system to the FlintRiver to save money. The city switched back in October 2015.

The river water was more corrosive than the Detroit system’s and caused more lead to leach from its aging pipes. Lead can be toxic, and children are especially vulnerable. The crisis has prompted lawsuits by parents who say their children have shown dangerously high levels of lead in their blood.

Three state and local officials were criminally charged in April in connection with the investigation.Flint utilities administrator Michael Glasgow subsequently agreed to cooperate with investigators as part of a deal that had him plead no contest to a misdemeanor charge while a more serious felony charge was dismissed.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials Stephen Busch and Michael Prysby were charged with five and six counts, respectively, including misconduct in office, tampering with evidence and violation of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act. Both pleaded not guilty.

Additionally, Schuette last month sued French water company Veolia Environnement SA and Houston-based engineering services firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam for “botching” their roles in the city’s drinking water crisis.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Additional reporting by Ben Klayman in Detroit; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

9 Responses to Michigan Prosecutor Charges Six In Flint Water Scandal

  1. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder committed one of the worst sins imaginable for a public servant: He poisoned his own people. Why? To pinch a penny.
    Now he’s got to turn to his GOP-led state government and the Republican Congress to help foot the $767 million bill to fix Flint’s water infrastructure. It seems government’s always the problem until you’ve got a problem—even if you engineered that problem yourself. The irony hasn’t been lost on Democrats, reports Amber Phillips.
    “Republicans disparage government all the time as intrusive, too involved, and detrimental to our society. Gov. Rick Snyder is a leading cheerleader of that theory,” Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said on the Senate floor on Tuesday. “He denigrates government every single chance he gets. But to whom does he turn when he needs help cleaning up the mess he has created? The federal government.”
    But it’s not just Snyder who is in a tough spot. The GOP-controlled Congress is about to be asked to help with the man-made disaster in Flint, and it’s not going to be an easy sell among fiscally conservative Republicans watching their backs in an election year.
    But to turn down requests to help provide the most basic service of clean water to a mostly poor, majority-black city will almost certainly invite Democratic attacks like the one Reid launched at Snyder on Tuesday.
    As it should. The continual short-sightedness of Republican politicians is wreaking havoc on the country in a million different ways. But they damn well better help the city they helped destroy and the residents they have poisoned on the path to “fiscal responsibility.” Right on cue, GOP lawmakers are already trying to shirk responsibility.

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    • I thought Snyder’s ultimatum giving himself power to replace elected city officials with people of his own choosing was more like a dictator and despot . What is the matter with Michigan that it allowed such an un-American thing to take place? This is one reason I do not believe in strong states’ rights over Federal Government. Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida proved that states cannot be trusted with people’s lives and freedom.

  2. This is what happens when you have an honest AJ unlike the scum that occupy DC who have never brought s single charge against VA

  3. This is a start, but it would be fatal just to go after the low-level operatives in this shameful dereliction of duty by Conservative forces. We need to shine the light on the governor of Michigan and his role, and bring into sharper scrutiny the depraved ideology of “Fiscal Responsibility” which Republicans worship as an alternative god, harming a large segment in America as a result.

    What a satanic mind-set the GOP establishment possesses.

  4. The gov will never be indicted, much less have to beat the rap. Don’t hold your breath waiting for convictions.

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