Prosecution team in Flint water case to announce investigation findings

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2021

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Rick Snyder, Nick Lyon, former director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and other ex-officials have been told they're being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. The corrosive water, however, was not treated properly and released lead from old plumbing into homes in one of the worst manmade environmental disasters in US history.

He appointed a series of emergency financial managers to run Flint city government before and during the water crisis, and those managers made decisions that resulted in the city's water source being switched to the Flint River in April 2014.

On Jan. 14 at 11:30 a.m., Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will be joined by Michigan SOlicitor General Fadwa Hammound and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to announce further findings in the investigation.

The 2014-2015 Flint water scandal saw over 100,000 Flint residents become exposed to risky levels of lead after leaching from old pipes and spoiling into the cities water source.

Then-Governor Snyder eventually acknowledged the problem, accepted the resignation of his environmental chief and pledged to aid the city. Any charges would be meritless.

In a statement shared Tuesday, Snyder's attorney said a criminal prosecution would be "outrageous" and accused the Office of Special Counsel of targeting the former governor in a political escapade.

Attorneys for Snyder's former senior advisor, Rich Baird, said they have been informed their client will be facing charges stemming from the crisis.

Despite desperate pleas from residents holding jugs of discolored, skunky water, the Snyder administration took no significant action until a doctor reported elevated lead levels in children about 18 months later.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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