Michigan governor supports 2 charged in Flint

Pipes were not treated with anti-corrosion agents, and lead leached into the water system.

Some experts linked the outbreak to poor water quality during the height of water crisis in 2014-15.

A charge of involuntary manslaughter was filed against the head of the MI health department on Wednesday. If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, he could face 15 years in prison.

Lyon was aware of the Legionnaires' outbreak in Genesee County at least one year before he informed the public, according to court documents. Charging documents reviewed by members of the press also paint a callous picture of Lyon. Residents immediately complain about the smell, taste and appearance of the water, and raise health concerns, reporting rashes, hair loss and other problems.


"Everyone has to die of something..." All of this has been linked by the MI attorney general's office to the death of 85-year-old Legionnaire's patient Robert Skidmore.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette fields questions from reporters Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Flint, Mich., after announcing charges against five water officials.

Dr. Eden Wells, the state's chief medical officer, was also charged Wednesday with obstruction of justice and lying to an investigator.

Mr Lyon is alleged to have known for almost a year of the deadly outbreak and had "deliberately failed to inform the public" which resulted in Mr Skidmore's death. They were previously charged with lesser offenses stemming from the water crisis. The department did notify Governor Rick Snyder's office, but said the outbreak wasn't a serious issue. More than a dozen former state and city officials have been criminally charged in connection to the event.


For more than three years, Flint families have been told not to drink tap water without a filter.

Rick Pluta, Capitol Bureau Chief for Michigan Public Radio Network, joins Stephen Henderson on Detroit Today to discuss the implications of the new charges.

"We absolutely, vehemently dispute the charges". And 10 state officials - including two state-appointed emergency managers assigned to oversee Flint, a state epidemiologist and the former leader of the state municipal drinking water office - faced charges. The New York Daily News reports that Internal emails indicate that high-ranking officials in Snyder's administration knew about the increase in Legionnaires' disease a while before he reported the increase in Jan 2016.

Schuette's office also added manslaughter to charges faced by four people: MI department of environment regional supervisor Stephen Busch; state head of drinking water Liane Shekter-Smith; Howard Croft, a former director of public works for Flint; and the emergency manager who ordered the water switch, Darnell Earley.



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