Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-01-13 19:55:20 –
Lansing, Michigan (AP) — On Wednesday, former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was charged with two deliberate neglects of duty resulting from an investigation into the Flint water crisis. Of legionellosis.
The charges shown in online court records are misdemeanors punished with up to one year’s imprisonment and a $ 1,000 fine.
According to state archivists, the indictment filed by the Attorney General’s office is groundbreaking. In Michigan’s 184-year history, the governor and former governor have not been charged with crimes related to working hours at the office. Snyder’s lawyer, Brian Lennon, said he couldn’t comment immediately. State Attorney General Dana Nessel and investigators scheduled a press conference on Thursday.
In addition to Mr. Snyder, who was a Republican until 2019, other people are expected to be prosecuted, including the director of state health and a former civil servant who served as senior adviser.
Flint made a decision in 2014 during the construction of a regional pipeline from Lake Huron by a manager appointed by Snyder, who ran the majority of Black City, to save money on using the Flint River for water. I was in chronic financial difficulty. However, corrosive water was not properly treated, and one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in US history caused lead to be released into the home from old pipes.
Despite a desperate plea from residents with a jug of discolored dirty water, the Snyder administration took no significant action until doctors reported elevated lead levels in their children about 18 months later. It was.
“Sorry, we’ll fix it,” Snyder promised in a 2016 state speech.
Authorities have counted at least 90 cases of legionellosis, including 12 deaths in Genesee County. Some experts have discovered that the water treatment system does not have enough chlorine to control Legionella. Legionella can cause severe pneumonia when spread through the mist and cooling system.
The disaster made Flint a national symbol of government criticism, forcing residents to line up for bottled water, and parents fearing their children were permanently damaged. Lead can damage the brain and nervous system, causing learning and behavioral problems. The crisis was highlighted as an example of environmental fraud and racism.
Over 9,700 lead service lines in the home have been replaced. Flint’s water, which is currently supplied by local agencies in Detroit, has been well received, even though many distrustful residents still use filters.
The criminal investigation lasted five years under two prosecution teams. Todd Flood, convicted of misdemeanor by seven people, was banished in 2019 after the election of Democratic Attorney General Dananessel. Fadwa Hammoud then said he would withdraw the charges in eight pending proceedings and restart the investigation from the beginning. She said the first team was unable to collect all available evidence.
Separately, states, flints, hospitals and engineering companies have agreed to a $ 611 million settlement with residents over the water crisis, with $ 600 million from Michigan. The judge said he would like to decide by January 21 whether to give preliminary approval. Other proceedings, including a proceeding against the US Environmental Protection Agency, are pending.
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