Criminal charges filled in Flint
(NBC News) Two state environmental officials and the man who ran Flint, Michigan’s water treatment plant now face criminal charges for their role in the city’s contaminated water crisis.
They’re accused of misconduct, neglect of duty and tampering with evidence.
"They had a duty to protect the health of families and citizens of Flint. They failed," said Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.
Residents in Flint haven’t had clean water since April of 2014, when to save money the city began using the Flint River as the source for its water supply.
An initial test months later showed elevated levels of lead. Still, officials insisted it was safe, despite a warning from the Environmental Protection Agency and data from doctors that showed alarming levels of lead in children’s blood.
Michigan’s attorney general says more employees will face charges as the investigation continues.
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