Flint Water Crisis Results in Criminal Charges
April 20, 2016 | Environmental Litigation
Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette, recently announced criminal charges for three employees associated with the Flint drinking water crisis. State officials and investigators believe that the City of Flint received artificially low lead readings because employees failed to test homes most at risk — those with lead service lines or other features with high lead risk. Among those criminally charged is Mike Glasgow, the former supervisor at the Flint treatment facility and now a Michigan utilities administrator, and Stephen Busch and Mike Prysby of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Glasgow has been charged with tampering with evidence and the willful neglect of duty as a public officer. Busch and Prysby stand charged with counts of misconduct in office, tampering with evidence, conspiracy to tamper with evidence and violations of the Federal Safe Water Drinking Act (one monitoring violation and one treatment violation). Prysby is a former district engineer with the Michigan office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance while Busch was a district supervisor in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
If convicted on all counts, Glasgow could face up to five years in prison and $6,000 in fines, Prysby could face up to 20 years in prison and more than $35,000 in fines and Busch could face a maximum of 15 years in prison and more than $25,000 in fines. Michigan law also says that Prysby and Busch could face additional fines up to $5,000 a day for each day they were in violation of the Safe Water Drinking Act.
All three former employees will face a formal arraignment in the following weeks. As the investigation continues more criminal charges are expected.
Napoli Shkolnik PLLC filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of Flint, Michigan residents Luke Waid and Michelle Rodriguez and their daughter Sophia against Governor Richard Dale Snyder, et.al. in February 2016.
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