There have been some criminal charges in the Flint water crisis. Two Michigan Department of Environmental Quality water officials and one from the City of Flint were charged last month with felonies ranging from misconduct in office to tampering with evidence in relation to their roles in the city’s lead-tainted drinking water crisis. The criminal charges were the first filed since Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette started an investigation in January. Few observers believed the Republican Attorney General would aggressively pursue any wrongdoers criminally. They were wrong, and based on media reports the Republican Attorney General will have more persons charged criminally.
As has been widely reported, Flint residents have had to contend with a contaminated water supply since April 2014, when their drinking water source was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River without proper purity controls. At press time the investigative team had not interviewed – or even investigated – the involvement of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. The U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are also investigating possible criminal and civil violations related to the Flint crisis. I would have to believe the Governor is watching the investigation with more than just casual interest.
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