Former Flint laboratory and water quality supervisor Mike Glasgow faces two charges.MLive reports Michigan has spent over million to represent Governor Snyder and the state officials.The highest ranking official charged was Liane Shekter-Smith, the former chief of Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).
It states that officials from the Department of Health and Human Services had reports showing the spike of lead in infant’s blood levels. held onto this information for more than 10 months, and could have prevented further damage by sharing the data.
A team of lawyers from across the state of Michigan have also filed two separate class-action lawsuits.
One lawsuit is aimed at stopping city officials from charging residents for past and future water deemed undrinkable on water bills.
E-mails dating back to 2012 show Flint officials decided they would switch their water source from the Detroit Water and Sewage Department to its own pipeline connecting to the Karegnondi Water Authority, which they did in 2014.
In January 2016, over a year and a half after switching to the Flint river source, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Genesee County.
The lawsuit alleges that the government’s decision to switch to the Flint River water has resulted in members of the families suffering skin lesions, hair loss, convulsions, autoimmune disorders, hypertension and depression.