6 Mich. State Employees Facing Criminal Charges in Flint Water Crisis

People wait in line to attend a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy about the tainted water in Flint, Mich., on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on March 17, 2016.
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Six Michigan state employees were criminally charged Friday morning in connection with the water crisis in Flint, the Detroit Free Press reports.

According to the report, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services workers Nancy Peeler, Corinne Miller and Robert Scott, and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees Leanne Smith, Adam Rosenthal and Patrick Cook, have all been indicted in the case, which has sparked national controversy and debate.


WXYZ notes that Attorney General Bill Schuette is scheduled to outline the charges in a news conference Friday morning. Charges include misconduct, conspiracy to commit misconduct and willful neglect of duties.

As the Free Press notes, this is the second round of charges that Schuette has announced. In April he charged two Department of Environmental Quality officials and one Flint official and had promised at that time that more criminal charges were to come.

Read more at the Detroit Free Press and WXYZ.

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