Judge denies request to dismiss charges against Rick Snyder in Flint water crisis
FLINT, Mich. – A judge on rejected a request to dismiss misdemeanor charges against Rick Snyder Thursday in the Flint water crisis. Because of that, they argue the case shouldn’t be heard in Genesee County. AdSnyder’s legal team is expected to file an appeal. What will likely happen is a higher court in Genesee County will likely hear the case and determine if it stays in Genesee County or if it moves to Ingham County. READ: More Flint water crisis coverage
Ex-Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder loses challenge to Flint water charges
Snyder calls for dismissal of Flint water caseDETROIT – A judge on Thursday rejected a request to dismiss misdemeanor charges against a former Michigan governor in the Flint water scandal. Lawyers for Rick Snyder said he worked in Ingham County, not Genesee County, so the indictment from a one-person grand jury was returned in the wrong place. But Judge William Crawford II said prosecutors have flexibility about where to pursue a case. The indictment accuses Snyder of violating the state constitution by failing to check the performance of public officials under his control. Eight other people face charges in Flint, including two former state health officials who are accused of involuntary manslaughter in nine deaths linked to Legionnaires’ disease.
Lawyers for former Gov. Snyder argue Flint water crisis charges filed in wrong county, should be dismissed
Rick Snyder are pushing to get the trial moved from Flint to Lansing. On Tuesday, lawyers clashed over whether Flint water indictment against former Gov. Rick Snyder was filed in the wrong county and should be dismissed. Defense attorney Brian Lennon says Snyder’s office was in Ingham County so an indictment in Genesee County doesn’t fit. READ: More Flint water crisis coverage
Lawyers seeking 32% of $641M Flint tainted water settlement
The Flint Water Plant tower is shown in Flint, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Some Flint residents impacted by months of lead-tainted water are looking past expected charges against former Gov. The Flint water litigation has involved thousands of residents, a raft of state defendants and complex legal issues. Attorneys representing Flint residents have said 80% of payments will go to people who were under 18 when the river water was used. Separately, Snyder and eight other people are charged with crimes in the Flint water scandal.
Former Flint mayor speaks out after Former Gov. Snyder’s attorney says ‘neglecting a city is not a crime’
FLINT, Mich. – Former Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley took issue with arguments made by former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s attorneys in the Flint water crisis case. Residents complained about skunky water, but Snyder’s environmental agency insisted the water was safe until a doctor in 2015 reported elevated lead levels in children. They argue that Snyder worked in Ingham County, not Genesee County, so the indictment returned in Flint should not stand. Rick Snyder file motion to dismiss charges in Flint water crisis
Defense attorney calls for judge to be removed in Flint water crisis case
GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. – Defense attorneys in the ongoing Flint water crisis case are pushing for the judge to be removed. The Flint water crisis case may soon be headed in a new direction. Defense attorneys said the judge doesn’t belong on the case because of where he lives. RELATED: Flint water crisis investigation: Here’s who was chargedFormer Director of the City of Flint Department of Public Works Howard Croft’s attorney argued that since Genesee District Court Judge William H. Crawford lives in Flint, he could potentially be involved in a class-action lawsuit against Croft. Attorneys for Snyder argued Monday that the case against him was filed in the wrong county since he was making decisions in Lansing, not Genesee County.
Lawyers for former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder file motion to dismiss charges in Flint water crisis
GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. – On Monday, attorneys for former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder filed a motion to dismiss charges against him in the Flint water crisis. The Flint water crisis is a disaster now stretching across almost seven years. In court documents, Snyder’s attorneys claim that a Genessee County judge did not have the jurisdiction to approve the indictment since the alleged acts happened in Lansing. The attorneys say since Snyder was in Lansing the case should be dismissed in Genessee County.
Federal judge gives $641 million Flint water deal preliminary approval
FLINT, Mich. – Residents of Flint are one step closer to receiving money and resources for the pain and chaos caused by the Flint water crisis. A federal judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a $641 million deal that would benefit Flint residents who were harmed by the water. The decision opens to the doors for the next step and an opportunity for the people of Flint to collect damages. As the court considers a final ruling in this settlement, we will continue to keep our focus on healing this embattled city. Michigan Attorney General Dana NesselFormer Flint mayor Karen Weaver said the settlment is a step in the right direction, but it’s not enough.
Judge gives preliminary OK to $641M Flint water deal
The Flint Water Plant tower is shown in Flint, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Some Flint residents impacted by months of lead-tainted water are looking past expected charges against former Gov. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT – A judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a $641 million deal that would benefit thousands of Flint residents who were harmed by lead-contaminated water. Attorneys representing Flint residents have said 80% of payments will go to people who were under 18 when the river water was used. “At last, the victims of the Flint water crisis no longer have to hope for a day of reckoning," said attorney Corey Stern, who represents 4,000 people.
Former Michigan Gov. Snyder’s attorneys say charges were filed in wrong county
Rick Snyder are striking back, telling prosecutors Tuesday that the Flint water case should be dismissed because he was charged in the wrong county. He was indicted by a Genesee County judge who sat as a grand juror and considered evidence presented by prosecutors. Snyder was one of nine people charged in a new investigation of the Flint water crisis, including former state health department director Nick Lyon. As it did during the old criminal probe, the state will cover the legal expenses of former state officers and employees who face charges. Legal fees and expenses in the first case against Lyon totaled $1.6 million over 19 months, he said.
Flint water crisis: Ex-Michigan governor Rick Snyder due back in court today
Rick Snyder faces misdemeanor charges in connection with the Flint water crisis. Snyder in the Flint water crisisInvestigators reviewed thousands of documents, searched computers, iPads and phones to try to figure out a timeline. Now the investigators are going to look at other evidence that shows that governor Snyder apparently wasn’t telling the truth,” said legal analyst Neal Rockind. There are eight other former Michigan state leaders charged in the case. Snyder; Gerald Ambrose, former state-appointed emergency manager; Richard Baird, former Michigan Transformation manager; Howard Croft, former Flint Director of Public Works; Darnell Earley, former state-appointed emergency manager.
Flashpoint 1/17/21: Charges in the Flint Water Crisis after nearly 7 years
DETROIT – The Flint Water Crisis is a disaster now stretching across almost seven years. Charges in the health scandal that has made national headlines were recently announced against former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and eight others who previously worked as state officials. Segment OneReporters Jordan Chariton and Hank Winchester discuss charges in the Flint Water Crisis. Segment TwoJill Alper of Alper Strategies; Chastity Pratt, Education Bureau Chief at the Wall Street Journal; Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit News, Nolan Finley; Steve Mitchell of Mitchell Research and Communications
A look at the evidence against former Gov. Rick Snyder in the Flint water crisis investigation
Rick Snyder is facing two misdemeanor charges of willful neglect of duty after a lengthy investigation into the Flint water crisis. READ: Flint water crisis investigation: Here’s who was chargedThe case against Snyder is focused on three key things: Witness interviews, phone records and emails. The investigative team went through thousands of documents and searched computers, iPads and phones while working to establish a timeline. They wanted to find out what Snyder knew and when he knew it. There are a few timelines that phone records and emails could help explain.
Rich Baird resigns from EMU board following charges in Flint water crisis
Rick Snyder, announced Friday he was resigning from the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents. Baird was among nine individuals charged Thursday in the criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis. Baird was appointed to the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents in November 2018. 41 charges filed in Flint water crisis investigation, officials sayForty-one charges have been filed in a Flint water investigation, according to officials. Rick Snyder.
41 charges filed in Flint water crisis investigation, officials say
FLINT, Mich. – Forty-one charges have been filed in a Flint water investigation, according to officials. Those facing serious multiple felonies include Nick Lyon, former director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services with nine felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and two other misdemeanors. Nine charged in Flint water crisis probe: (First row, From top left to right). Snyder in the Flint water crisisREAD: Residents weigh in after criminal charges announced in Flint water crisis investigationRichard Baird, who acted as Snyder’s transportation manager, faces felonies including extortion for how, prosecutors said, he tried to manage the crisis once it hit. The remaining people charged include two Flint emergency managers, a former Flint director of the Department of Public Works, Snyder’s communications director and a current MDHHS manager.
Residents weigh in after criminal charges announced in Flint water crisis investigation
FLINT, Mich. – After a lengthy investigation into the Flint water crisis, investigators announced a slew of charges, including charges against former Michigan Gov. READ: Flint water crisis investigation: Here’s who was chargedThe people of Flint are reacting to that news on Thursday. Local 4′s Hank Winchester has covered the Flint Water Crisis since day one and has kept in close contact with many families in Flint. Sincere’s mother has recently had to explain the water crisis to her son. READ: Continuous Flint water crisis coverage
Flint water crisis investigation: Here’s who was charged
Nine charged in Flint water crisis probe: (First row, From top left to right). FLINT, Mich. – After a lengthy investigation into the Flint water crisis, which started more than five years ago, investigators announced a slew of charges, including against former Michigan Gov. Here’s the full list of charges:Jarrod Agen – Former Director of Communications and Former Chief of Staff, Executive Office of Gov. “We must remember that the Flint Water Crisis is not some relic of the past. In August 2020, a settlement of a lawsuit filed was reached on behalf of residents of Flint who were harmed by lead-tainted water.
Ex-Michigan health chief charged with manslaughter in Flint water probe
FLINT, Mich. – Michigan’s former health director was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of nine people who got Legionnaires’ disease during the Flint water crisis as prosecutors revisit how the city’s water system was contaminated with lead and bacteria during one of worst human-made environmental disasters in U.S. history. Rick Snyder, also pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of willful neglect of duty in Flint. Rick Snyder arraigned on misdemeanor chargesThe charges against Snyder carry up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine upon conviction. It’s the second time that Lyon has been charged with manslaughter, but the earlier case involved only two deaths. Separately, the state, Flint, a hospital and an engineering firm have agreed to a $641 million settlement with residents over the water crisis, with $600 million coming from Michigan.
Flint water crisis: Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder arraigned on misdemeanor charges
Former Michigan governor Rick Snyder was arraigned on misdemeanor charges Thursday in connection with the Flint water crisis. Snyder in the Flint water crisisLennon released a longer statement Thursday morning:“The two misdemeanor charges filed today against former Gov. It would be a travesty to waste additional taxpayer dollars pursuing these bogus misdemeanor charges. Today’s charges do nothing to bring justice to the people of Flint. Read: Ex-Michigan health chief charged with manslaughter in Flint water probeFlint water crisisFlint was in financial trouble in 2014 when a Snyder-appointed manager who was running the city carried out a money-saving decision to use the Flint River for water while a regional pipeline from Lake Huron was under construction.
A look at the evidence collected against Gov. Snyder in the Flint water crisis
Rick Snyder is expected to be among a group of people facing charges in connection with the Flint water crisis. On Wednesday it was announced Snyder is facing charges of willful neglect of duty in connection with the Flint water crisis. The evidence reportedly includes potential email evidence of Snyder allegedly being warned about the danger a year before the city moved from using water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to water from the Flint River, and a Legionnaire’s disease cover-up. Brian Lennon, Snyder’s attorney, said criminal prosecution would be “outrageous.”“It is outrageous to think any criminal charges would be filed against Gov. In August 2020, a settlement of a lawsuit filed was reached on behalf of residents of Flint who were harmed by lead-tainted water.
Flint water crisis prosecution team to discuss findings from investigation
The Flint Water Plant tower is shown in Flint, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Some Flint residents impacted by months of lead-tainted water are looking past expected charges against former Gov. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Findings from an investigation into the Flint water crisis are expected to be revealed along with charging decisions during a news conference Thursday morning. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will be joined by Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy, of the Flint water crisis prosecution team. Rick Snyder is facing charges of willful neglect in connection with the Flint water crisis.
6 years after it started, Michigan reaches $600M settlement for Flint water crisis lawsuits
FILE - In this March 21, 2016, file photo, the Flint Water Plant water tower is seen in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)FLINT, Mich. – The Michigan Attorney General’s Office announced a preliminary $600 million settlement in lawsuits related to the Flint Water Crisis on Thursday, more than six years after the crisis started. Past contributions include a settlement agreement whereby $97 million was made available to replace all of the city’s lead service lines in its water system. To date, the state has spent more than $409 million in response to the Flint water emergency. Researchers with Virginia Tech University reported in summer 2015 that samples of Flint water had abnormally high lead levels.
Former Gov. Rick Snyder charged with willful neglect of duty in Flint water investigation
Rick Snyder speaks to the media regarding the status of the Flint water crisis on January 27, 2016 at Flint City Hall in Flint, Michigan. A federal state of emergency has been declared in Flint related to the city's water becoming contaminated. Rick Snyder was charged Wednesday with two counts of willful neglect of duty stemming from an investigation of the Flint water crisis. “I’m sorry and I will fix it,” Snyder promised during his 2016 State of the State speech. Separately, the state, Flint, a hospital and an engineering firm have agreed to a $641 million settlement with residents over the water crisis, with $600 million coming from Michigan.
Flint water crisis prosecution team to announce findings in investigation
The City of Flint Water Plant is illuminated by moonlight on January 23, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)FLINT, Mich. – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will be joined by Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy for a news conference Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m. The news conference will announce the outcome of the state’s criminal investigation. Rick Snyder is facing charges of willful neglect. Read: Ex-Michigan governor faces 2 charges in Flint water scandalRELATED:
Flint families welcome water crisis charges, seek healing
FILE - In this March 21, 2016, file photo, the Flint Water Plant water tower is seen in Flint, Mich. Former Michigan Gov. The water also was blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area. Sincere would become the face of the Flint water crisis when a photo of him was selected in 2016 for the cover of Time magazine. While visiting their grandmother’s home in Florida, Sincere was hesitant about the water, Hawk told The Associated Press. “Healing wounds and restoring trust will take decades and long-term resources.”Leon Abdullah El-Alamin said he would like to see Snyder charged with a felony.
Flint residents react to expected charges against former Gov. Rick Snyder
FLINT, Mich. – In wake of the news that Michigan plans to charge former Gov. Rick Snyder and other ex-officials in a Flint water investigation, residents said they have been waiting for someone to be held accountable. Palladeno is too worn down to be the water warrior he’s been in the past, and there is skepticism of the upcoming charges against former Gov. Rick Snyder. Snyder in Flint water probeREAD: Former Flint mayor weighs in on charges expected in water crisis investigationArthur Woodson was maybe the original water warrior, hounding the city from the start.
Former Flint mayor weighs in on charges expected in water crisis investigation
FLINT, Mich. – Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director and other ex-officials have been told they’re being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water crisis. Snyder in Flint water probeWeaver worked closely with Snyder during the crisis, but they often didn’t see eye to eye. READ MORE: Flint Water CrisisWATCH: Michigan plans to charge former Gov. Rick Snyder in Flint water investigation
Local 4 News at 6 -- Jan. 12, 2021
Here’s what you missed on Local 4 News at 6:Michigan plans to charge ex-Gov. Snyder in Flint water probeTuesday’s show included a discussion with former Flint Mayor Karen Weaver about a report on ex-Gov. Rick Synder being charged in connection with the Flint Water Crisis. Snyder, his health director and other ex-officials have been told they’re being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the majority Black city with lead-contaminated water and was blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in 2014-15.
Michigan plans to charge ex-Gov. Snyder in Flint water probe
Snyder apologized for the catastrophe during his 2016 State of the State speech and said government at all levels had failed Flint. By June 2019, the entire Flint water investigation was turned upside down after more than three years and millions of dollars. But Snyder had told reporters three weeks later, in January 2016, that he had just learned about it. "When the Flint water crisis hit, he wasn’t assigned by Gov. Separately, the state, Flint, a hospital and an engineering firm have agreed to a $641 million settlement with residents over the water crisis, with $600 million coming from Michigan.
U-M hosting virtual conversation about roles cultural institutions can play in environmental justice
FIL - In this March 21, 2016, file photo the Flint Water Plant water tower is seen in Flint, Mich. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says a proposed $600 million deal between the state of Michigan and Flint residents harmed by lead-tainted water is a step toward making amends. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History and Shapiro Undergraduate Library are hosting a virtual community conversation this month about the role museums, libraries and more can play in supporting environmental justice. The cultural institutions are looking for feedback and insight from people across Southeast Michigan -- a region that has experienced firsthand environmental injustice, from air quality issues in Detroit to the Flint water crisis. Email your original art, poetry, photos, and videos about environmental justice work in libraries and museums to firstname.lastname@example.orgLeave us a 60-second voicemail at 313-757-1872.
Judge set to make decision on Flint water lawsuit settlement
FLINT, Mich. – In August, Michigan first announced a settlement of more than $600 million in the Flint water lawsuit. A remote public hearing was set for Monday afternoon. The public’s participation is part of the settlement process and I encourage Flint residents to attend the hearing on Monday. Flint water lawsuit settlement now totals about $641 millionThe proposed settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of residents of Flint, Michigan, who were harmed by lead-tainted water now totals about $641 million, officials revealed Tuesday. Without those treatments, water from the Flint River scraped lead from aging pipes and fixtures, contaminating Flint’s tap water.
Flint water lawsuit settlement now totals about $641 million
LANSING, Mich. – The proposed settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of residents of Flint, Michigan, who were harmed by lead-tainted water now totals about $641 million, officials revealed Tuesday. Without those treatments, water from the Flint River scraped lead from aging pipes and fixtures, contaminating Flint’s tap water. “This settlement agreement is just one of the many ways we will continue showing our support for the city and residents of Flint,” Gov. Court-appointed counsel Corey Stern says Flint residents will have 60 days to register to participate in the settlement. If accepted by the court, the settlement would excuse the state of Michigan, the city of Flint, McLaren and Rowe from pending civil litigation related to the water crisis.
Judge: Flint residents have right to sue federal government over water crisis
FLINT, Mich. A big decision in federal court could mean big money for the city of Flint in the future. A federal judge opened the door to residents being able to take legal action against the federal government over the Flint water crisis. Flint -- a city still struggling years after the water crisis was first revealed -- recently had a settlement deal reached with the state. The harm increased every day residents drank, fed their babies formula made with contaminated water, and took showers in lead and bacteria-infested water, Levy said. READ MORE: Flint Water Crisis
Settlement imminent in class action lawsuit over Flint water crisis
FLINT, Mich. A settlement is imminent in a class action lawsuit over the Flint water crisis. Details about the settlement are expected to be released sometime this week. Sources tell Local 4 the settlement is for around $600 million. The settlement would pay claims seeking damages for lead poisoning that followed after the city switched its water supply from Detroit to Flint. READ: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha speaks out about impact of COVID-19 crisis on children in Flint
Reports: Michigan reaches $600M deal in Flint water crisis
State environmental regulators advised Flint not to apply corrosion controls to the water, which was contaminated by lead from aging pipes. Researchers with Virginia Tech University reported in summer 2015 that samples of Flint water had abnormally high lead levels. Rick Snyder eventually acknowledged the problem, accepted the resignation of his environmental chief and pledged to aid the city, which resumed using Detroit water. Under the deal, the state would establish a $600 million fund and Flint residents could file claims for compensation. The amount awarded per applicant would be based on how badly they were harmed, the attorney told AP.
Whitmer: $600 Flint water deal a step toward making amends
LANSING, Mich. A proposed $600 million deal between the state of Michigan and residents of the impoverished, majority-Black city of Flint who were harmed by lead-tainted water is a step toward making amends for a disaster that upended life in the city, Gov. More than two years of negotiations between the state and attorneys representing thousands of Flint residents produced an agreement to create a fund from which victims will be able to seek payments. The proposed deal announced Thursday would need to be approved by U.S. District Judge Judith Levy, who is overseeing lawsuits against the state. Residents of the city with a population of nearly 100,000 people used bottled water quickly began complaining that the water was discolored and had a bad taste and smell. They blamed it for rashes, hair loss and other health concerns, but local and state officials insisted it was safe.
Prosecutors in Flint water probe: We’re still on the case
DETROIT – Flint's water scandal remains under criminal investigation, prosecutors said Friday, pointing out a “misconception” that time soon will expire for any charges to be filed. The Michigan attorney general’s office last June dropped charges against eight people and said it was starting from scratch. But Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy and state attorney Fadwa Hammoud said time still is on their side. The city’s water meets federal standards, according to state regulators, although some residents still don’t trust it and use bottled water. Rick Snyder was warned about the dangers of using Flint water a full year before the switch.
ClickOnDetroit Morning Briefing -- Oct. 24, 2019
But there's actually a reason we're seeing more of these alerts -- and why we're likely to continue seeing them. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information to help find a Southfield woman who is missing in northern Michigan. The incident happened at about 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the bus stop on East Warren Avenue. Submit a news tipTell us what's happening in your community -- submit a news tip to Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit right here. Tweets by Local4NewsCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Why you're likely to see more lead in water alerts in Metro Detroit
Several Metro Detroit communities have issued alerts this week about elevated lead levels in water samples. Stronger testing means higher levelsIn wake of the Flint Water Crisis, Michigan enacted the toughest water testing rules in the country. Lead water pipes can sometimes be found in older homes. Either type of lead can get into your drinking water when pipes or faucets containing lead begin to break down or dissolve. The amount of lead that can end up in drinking water depends on:Water chemistry (what is in the water).
How the Great Lakes were formed and why we need to protect them
We take pride in our Great Lakes, but do you know how they originally formed? You may know them as the Great Lakes. While we take the fresh water part of the lakes for granted, we also take their origins for granted. How the Great Lakes were formedSimply put, the Great Lakes were created by glaciers. Take a look at this map breakdown showing the ice retreat and formation of the Great Lakes over thousands of years.
Mayor Karen Weaver updates Flint water crisis at news conference
FLINT, Mich. – Mayor Karen Weaver held a news conference Friday morning to discuss the ongoing Flint water crisis. Weaver provided an update to the FAST Start initiative, a program to replace all the lead service lines in Flint and restore safe, clean drinking water. Weaver is also expected to discuss plans to hire Flint residents to increase water and filter distribution. Virginia Tech Professor Marc Edwards announced the results of the most recent Flint water tests Friday. READ: Virginia Tech Professor Marc Edwards to release recent Flint water test resultsCOMPLETE COVERAGE: Flint water crisisStay with Local 4 and ClickonDetroit.com for updates to the Flint water crisis.
6 Michigan state workers concealed truth in Flint water crisis, attorney general says
FLINT, Mich. – Michigan's attorney general has charged six more state employees with crimes related to the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint. Cook subsequently was aware of problems with the water in Flint but allegedly took no corrective action in his duty to ensure the provision of clean, safe drinking water in Flint. This was the same time that MDEQ defendants allegedly were manipulating lead water results to conceal unsafe lead levels. Two additional state employees charged are no longer with DEQ or MDHHS. READ: Michigan AG suing 2 water engineering firms who 'botched' Flint waterCHECK: Local 4's Special Coverage of the Flint Water CrisisStay with Local 4 and ClickonDetroit.com for updates in the Flint water crisis.
Filtered water in Flint now safe for pregnant women and children
FLINT, Mich. – Pregnant and nursing women along with young children and babies in Flint no longer need to drink bottled water to avoid lead exposure as long as they use filters, the Health and Human Services announced Thursday. Researchers at Virginia Tech University and NSF International both agree the use of verified filters makes the water safe to drink for everyone in Flint. “We have worked closely with our partners at all levels of government to restore the water in Flint and help the people of Flint recover from this crisis. Snyder “By continuing to work together, we can move Flint forward with good water and a healthy outlook for its future.”The Flint water crisis began in 2014 when the state switched from the Detroit water system to the Flint river to save money. The water was not treated properly with anti-corrosive chemicals which caused lead to seep into water lines.
One-on-one with Gov. Snyder at Mackinac Policy Conference
Rick Snyder sat down for a one-on-one interview with Local 4's Devin Scillian on Thursday at the Mackinac Policy Conference. Devin asked him several questions on the most talked about issues in the state including the Detroit Public Schools bailout plan and the Flint Water Crisis. On the Flint Water Crisis:I think people have skipped over important pieces that have taken place. Snyder said the real financial support for Flint is coming soon, but he wants to highlight the state's relief efforts already underway "in the interim." On the Detroit Public Schools bailout:We're working through the difference, with the DEC probably being the most contentious issue.
Snyder: Criminal charges in Flint water crisis are 'deeply troubling'
Rick Snyder calls the criminal charges ties to the Flint water crisis "deeply troubling." "These [charges] are deeply troubling and extremely serious," Snyder said. Corrosion control wasn't added to water from the Flint River while the city used it for 18 months. That lack of treatment caused lead to leach from pipes as water flowed into homes and businesses. While under state management, Flint switched water sources to save money while it awaited construction of a new pipeline to Lake Huron.
Economic development program for Flint gets $25 million boost
An effort to boost Flint amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water is getting a $25 million commitment that includes loans and specialized mortgage financing from Huntington Bank. Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores, a Flint native, and Huntington Bank CEO Steve Steinour announced the economic development program Wednesday. Details of the FlintNOW and Huntington economic development program include the following:A $20 million commitment to make specialized Small Business Adminstration (SBA) working capital loans available to businesses in Flint. The $2 million commitment will mark an expansion of Huntington’s Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). A $1 million commitment to provide grants to small businesses in Flint that have been hurt by the water crisis.
Flint official: State overruled plan for corrosion control
Recalling the meeting Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press, Glasgow said he was taken aback by the state regulator's instruction; treating drinking water with anti-corrosive additives was routine practice. Snyder later fired Liane Shekter Smith, former chief of the DEQ's Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance. "I did have some concerns and misgivings at first," Glasgow told the committee. (It wasn't until last December that the Flint plant finally got a corrosion control system.) Complete coverage: The Flint Water Crisis
Public health expert: Flint farmers market helps improve food access
FLINT, Mich. – Access to clean water hasn’t been the only health issue facing Flint. As a result, certain areas have become “food deserts,” or places where residents simply don’t have access to better quality food. He also continues to work with MSU Extension and the edible flint local food collaborative on helping to identify geographic locations where teaching and implementing urban gardening could benefit residents. “It’s not the WalMarts of the world that are going to save Flint’s access to food,” Sadler said. “It’s strengthening the local food landscape and building sustainable food options like the farmers’ market that will help feed the city.”
Faces of Flint: Families affected by lead
FLINT, Mich. – Everyday life is a challenge for many families in Flint, from cooking to even bathing with bottled water. She moved out of the city to get her children away from the lead poisoned water. For baths, they use Washups and they use bottled water for everything else. “Yesterday, I just found out that I can’t even boil this water,” Davenport said. Though she cooks using bottled water, the family continues to bathe in tap water.
New Flint water testing shows lead levels at some homes too high for filters to handle
FLINT, Mich. – New testing from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows lead levels in tap water at some Flint homes are too high for filters to handle. The filters are rated to handle 150 parts per billion. Health officials said that of the 4,000 water samples tested, 26 homes have tested above 150 parts per billion, which is already 10 times the federal limit. The filters are only certified to 150 parts per billion, the agency said. "Residents are encouraged to have their water tested to be sure the levels are below 150 parts per billion," the EPA said.