For the last three years, the residents of Flint, Michigan, have gone without justice for the damaging effects of the seemingly never-ending water crisis.
A new Associated Press report shows that the 15 people charged with crimes associated with the environmental disaster have yet to be convicted for their parts. The lead-tainted water supply left the citizens of the small town reliant on bottled water for daily household activities.
Bottled water drives are commonplace now, and the state has yet to be held accountable for the outbreak of Legionnaires disease that left several dead.
In 2014, the state decided to use the Flint River as the primary water source to save money. Rusty pipes in the city's water system, an outdated infrastructure and a whole host of other issues led to the national crisis.
Seven of the 15 people charged with crimes have pleaded no contest. The long list includes four people from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality: Michael Prysby, Stephen Busch, Liane Shekter Smith and Adam Rosenthal.
There are also two former city workers: Mike Glasgow and Daugherty "Duffy" Johnson. The last is Corinne Miller of the state Department of Health and Human Services. Bloomberg reports their records will be wiped clean because of their plea.
However, eight others have pending charges against them. The former director of the state health department, Nick Lyon, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office.
A former Michigan chief medical executive, Dr. Eden Wells, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, obstructing justice, lying and misconduct in office. Others include state health department employees Nancy Peeler and Robert Scott, Patrick Cook of the Department of Environmental Quality and Gerald Ambrose, former Flint emergency manager, who are all facing misconduct in office and conspiracy among other charges.
Local news outlet NBC 25 reports Fadwa Hammoud will now oversee the Flint water crisis cases. Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Tuesday Hammoud would serve as solicitor general.
"I am frustrated that the citizens of Flint had to go through what they've been through, that is the root of my frustration," Hammoud told media. "I want to make sure I learn every detail, become intimate with the inner workings of this case, to make sure that we right the ship and we will right the ship."
15 people have been charged with crimes related to Flint, Michigan's contaminated water crisis pic.twitter.com/ajXkdnsp4o— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) January 19, 2019
Flint Special Prosecutor Todd Flood will report to Hammoud after the new shake-up.
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