After months of public hearings and media critiques, the office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is filing criminal charges against those parties it deems responsible for what many have dubbed the Flint Water Crisis. The public utilities disaster, which led to repeated references on the presidential campaign trail and by celebrities offering their assistance, has been a thorn in the side of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who recently offered to drink from the city’s maligned water supply for a month. Too bad the Republican politician wasn’t one of the three names that were leaked ahead of Schuette’s press conference scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
According to Local 4, an employee with the city of Flint and two officials with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality have been charged by the Attorney General’s Office in connection with the Flint Water Crisis. The three men named are Steven Busch and Mike Prysby, who work for MDEQ, and Flint city employee Michael Glasgow.
Prysby and Busch are charged with misconduct in office, conspiracy to tamper with evidence and tampering evidence.
Glasgow is charged with tampering with evidence and willful neglect of office.
On Tuesday, Schuette told the Detroit Free Press that his office would announce official charges at 1 p.m. local time on Wednesday. Sources close to the investigation told the paper that Schuette would “announce felony and misdemeanor charges against at least two, and possibly as many as four people” at that time. However, following Wednesday morning’s revelation that Prysby, Busch and Glasgow were the three persons being charged, neither Schuette nor anyone else affiliated with the proceedings would comment on the record.
No word yet on whether Snyder will actually drink any of Flint’s lead-contaminated water.