Michigan’s highest Attorney General, Bill Schuette, has issued criminal charges against three state officials Wednesday for their involvement in the Flint water crisis.
Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette on Wednesday announced criminal accusations against Steven Busch and Michael Prysby who are in charge of Michigan Department of Environment Quality, and Michael Glasgow who was the utility administrator for the city.
Schuette charged Glasgow with failing to properly handle drinking water issues and ensuring good water supply to the community through test results. On the other hand, Prysby and Busch were charged with misconduct in the office and conspiracy to tamper with evidence. Attorney General also accused the state officials for misleading the federal Environment Protection Agency about how Flint treated its water.
“They had a duty to protect the health of families and citizens of Flint,” Schuette said at a press conference Wednesday. “They failed to discharge their duties. They failed in their responsibilities to protect the health and safety of families of Flint.”
Water crisis in the city of Flint started in April 2014, after the city’s Governor, Rick Snyder started using the River of Flint as the main source of drinking water. It’s quite disheartening that officials and supervisors refused to give the Flint River water a good treatment before serving it to the community. Before this plan of drinking from the River came into mind, Flint had been buying treated water from Detroit for over 50 years.
Today, Flint water is poisoned and cannot be used for anything because of one person’s selfish interest and ignorant attitude of these three people.
Apparently, numerous violations of law from the government led to Flint Crisis and investigation of crime have started only after huge attention from the media countrywide. Only 3 officials have been charged with Flint water crisis. It is not enough. Ridiculously, the main culprit – Governor Snyder – still holds his post.
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