Flint Update: Six State Employees Criminally Charged in Connection With Water Crisis

Flint Update: Six State Employees Criminally Charged in Connection With Water Crisis

What we know about the new cases so far.

Published July 29, 2016

This morning, six employees for the state of Michigan have been criminally charged in a district court for their connection with the Flint water crisis.

In April of 2014, the water in Flint, Michigan, was contaminated with lead when the city started using untreated water from the Flint River instead of treated water from Detroit. Although officials first claimed that there was no danger in drinking the water, it was later discovered that the water had given many of Flint’s children lead poisoning.

Earlier this year, two state regulators and a city employee were charged with official misconduct, evidence tampering and other offenses when it was discovered that they altered reports that recorded lead levels in water. At the time of the charges, the attorney general alluded that others would soon be charged.

Now, Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a total of 18 charges against Liane Shekter Smith, Adam Rosenthal and Patrick Cook from the Department of Environmental Quality and Nancy Peeler, Corinne Miller and Robert Scott from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Schuette and Todd Flood, the Royal Oak attorney heading the investigation, addressed Flint during a press conference earlier this morning.

"Some people failed to act, others minimized harm done and arrogantly chose to ignore data, some intentionally altered figures ... and covered up significant health risks," Schuette said.

Although filtered tap water in Flint is being deemed safe enough to drink by federal experts, health officials still recommend bottled water for children under five and pregnant women.  

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)


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