Michigan health chief charged in Flint water probe

Anita Tucker
June 15, 2017

The charges were read in court by Seipenko, a member of the state attorney general's team.

The head of Michigan's health department has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for his role in Flint's water crisis.

"This is huge", another Freep writer, Kathy Gray, tweets from Lansing.

An investigator's report released shortly before Schuette's news conference alleges that Lyon said he "can't save everyone", and "everyone has to die of something" in regard to the Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Genesee County. Legionnaires' is a type of bacterial pneumonia that experts have linked to contaminated water. Before Wednesday's charges were announced, other criminal charges had already been filed against 13 state and local officials, including Earley and Croft.

Snyder expressed support for Lyon and Wells.

Even moderate drinking could harm the brain
They added, however, that the findings could have important public health implications for a large sector of the population. The heavy drinkers have poor language skills and white matter integrity that he required to process the thoughts quickly.

Lyon and Wells are the highest-ranking state officials to be charged in the crisis. Director Lyon and Dr. Eden Wells, like every other person who has been charged with a crime by Bill Schuette, are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Busch previously was charged with felony misconduct in office, tampering with evidence, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, and two misdemeanor counts of the Michigan Safe Water Drinking Act.

Earlier this year, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission issued a scathing 129-page report, attributing the water crisis to "deeply embedded institutional, systemic and historical racism", which ultimately led city officials to try to cut costs by switching the city's water source to the Flint River.

It has never been fully explained how crucial information didn't reach the governor, or why the Snyder administration allowed the people of Flint to use undrinkable water for so long.

City Council is considering a new short-term contract to purchase water from the Great Lakes Water Authority out of Detroit, in an agreement that will come at a 4.7 percent price increase for the water used.

In May, Schuette dropped a misdemeanor charge against a Flint official who cooperated after pleading no contest to willful neglect of duty. State officials failed to require the addition of corrosion inhibitors to the water, and, as a result, lead leached from pipes into the city's drinking water.

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