Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

A timeline of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan

A timeline of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan

Investigators say Lyon was aware of the Legionnaires' disease outbreak on at least January 28, 2015, but didn't notify the public until a year later.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's announcement of new charges Wednesday against current and former state and local officials, including an involuntary manslaughter count against the state health director and four others, was greeted cautiously in Flint.

On Wednesday it was reported that multiple MI lawmakers and officials were charged with involuntary manslaughter. The five officials were questioned on how Flint's water become contaminated after the city government started getting water from the Flint River.

Also charged Dr. Eden Wells, the state's chief medical officer, accused of lying and slowing the investigation into Flint's tainted water.

Governor Snyder has issued a statement in support of her and Lyons, saying both will remain on the job and will not be suspended despite being criminally charged.

"I don't know if you're happy".

Some are disappointed that Gov. Rick Snyder hasn't been charged.

At a press conference Wednesday, Schuette addressed concerns by some that Snyder was not among those charged, Leonard N. Fleming and Jonathan Oosting write in The Detroit News.

December 20: Schuette charges former emergency managers Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose with multiple 20-year felonies for their failure to protect the residents of Flint from health hazards caused by contaminated drinking water. They are two of 15 people charged so far as part of the mishandling and alleged cover-up of the water crisis that saw thousands of children poisoned and the Legionnaires' disease tragedy that left at least 12 dead.

Schuette posted several tweets Wednesday about the probe, including how these charges would bring justice to families in Flint who lost family and loved ones to Legionnaires.

"As riveting as they are, this issue of Flint is beyond that", he said.

According to Michigan Radio, scientists believe that the Legionnaires' disease outbreak began in 2014 when Flint switched its water system.

"The governor isn't going to speculate on where the investigation is or is not headed, but he continues to cooperate fully". He is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Schuette is delivering a message that one would expect to hear from a state attorney general, but Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes says there's also a healthy dose of politics in the mix. They were arraigned Thursday in Genesee County District Court. To me, that's proper for them to resign.

Investigators said in court Wednesday that Wells knowingly provided false information to a special agent working with attorney general's office on the water crisis. Lyon said the research wasn't something the state could afford, despite a doctor's response that the decision could "cause more people to die".

Involuntary manslaughter is a felony that carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

"I expect it will be clear that Dr. Wells is a competent, dedicated and respected health professional and that any action she took during this unfortunate situation was taken only for the goal of protecting legitimate public health concerns", Lax said, according the newspaper.

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