FLINT, MI - Three Michigan state officials are absorbing the fact they’re facing criminal charges for roles they may have played in the Flint water crisis which led to years of lead poisoning.
Two years ago, Flint Michigan switched its water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River, just to save a buck on water bills.
Big mistake! The river has corroded pipes led to e-coli, carcinogens, and other toxins in the water. Literally hundreds got sick, including children, and 10 deaths may also be blamed on the polluted water.
The Attorney General formed a special investigation team to get to the bottom of it.
"We're not targeting any persons or people," says Andy Arena, Chief Investigator. "Nobody is off limits, either."
Bill Schuette, Michigan Attorney General emphasizes, “No one is above the law. Not on my watch.”
So far, Stephen Busch and Mike Prysby have been charged with felonies including misconduct, tampering with evidence, and conspiracy. Both work for Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality.
Mike Glasgow works for the city. He’s facing some of the same charges.
By the way, if convicted, they could be sent up the river for up to five years for each felony.
“They failed in their responsibilities to protect the health and safety of families of Flint,“ says Schutte.
Others names may come down the pipe. The AG warns, this is just the beginning. “That I can guarantee you.”
For Flint residents, this may be a lot to soak in. For government officials, there`s no telling how far up-stream the evidence will lead.