Flint, Michigan is starting to see some conclusion to their lead-contaminated water problems. The head of Michigan’s health department along with their chief medical officer have both been charged in connection with the contamination of the water supply.
Nick Lyon is the chairman of the Department of Health and Human Services and is being charged with involuntary manslaughter as well as various other crimes. His charges stem from his lack of alerting the public to the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Flint. Dr. Eden, the chief medical officer, is being accused of obstruction of justice as well as lying to police.
Legionnaires’ is one form of pneumonia brought upon by bacteria in the warm water. This directly affects the lungs, so it’s extremely harmful when its inhaled via mist or vapor which would come from cooling systems. Since Flint started using water from Flint River without treating the corrosion, the lead from old plumbing went into the water system and released these bacterias.
There are currently charges against 13 government official thanks to Attorney General Bill Schuette and Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. Schuette and Leyton were both large reasons why so many have been charged. According to a report by Fox News, “Lyon and Wells are the highest-ranking officials to be charged in the state attorney general’s investigation.”
Flint experienced 100 cases and 12 deaths because of these issues. Lack of attentiveness to your job is just as bad as doing it yourself. Hopefully, these charges will help bring peace to the affected families in Flint.
Credit: Fox News