Attorney General Bill Schuette announces more charges in Flint Water Crisis

Attorney General Bill Schuette announces more charges in Flint Water Crisis

Four officials in charge of Flint's water, including two who reported directly to Governor Rick Snyder, have been named in the fourth round of charges announced by the MI attorney general's office as it investigates the city's water crisis. In addition, Ambrose and Earley were also charged with willful neglect of duty and misconduct in office.

The two emergency managers, Darnell Earley and Jerry Ambrose, are charged with false pretenses and conspiracy, both of which are 20 year felonies.

"Twelve people have died from legionnaires disease", Schuette said. The lagoon needed no remediation and the money was to be used instead to open up the Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA) for Flint's water supply as the city switched its water source from the Detroit River in order to save money.

But Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said the charges highlighted the problem of having state-appointed emergency managers with sweeping powers. Water from the Flint river, one study found, was 19 times more corrosive than Detroit's water.

The two former state emergency managers charged today in the ongoing Flint water crisis have deep ties to Ingham County and Lansing. On Tuesday, an additional four people were charged in connection to the case. "Flint deserves better. The people of Flint are not expendable.People in positions of responsibility who broke that law must be held accountable".

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Earley, who ran the city from 2013 to 2015, "knew the plant was not prepared to produce water and, nevertheless, allowed it to be provided to the public", Jeff Seipenko, a special agent with the attorney general's office in 67th District Court, told the Detroit News.

"The City of Flint. used an exception to state law by claiming the bonds were needed to fund an emergency cleanup of a retention pond, when in fact the funds were meant to pay for the KWA", a statement from Schuette reads.

Congress approved a bill for water project authorization across the US that included $170 million for treating lead in Flint's drinking water earlier in December, reported Michigan Radio.

Flint's water system became contaminated with lead because water from the Flint River wasn't treated for corrosion for 18 months.

"We're much closer to the end than we are to the beginning, but we're not at the end", said Arena, the lead investigator. Regardless, the Defendants mandated the City to use the Flint Water Treatment Plant as part of the deal to get the ability to issue bonds.

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