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MI health chief charged in Flint water probe

15 June 2017

On Wednesday, Michigan's Attorney General announced it will charge Nick Lyon, the former Health and Human Services Director, with involuntary manslaughter for his role in the Flint water crisis.

Nick Lyon is accused of failing to alert the public about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area, which has been linked by some experts to poor water quality in 2014-15. But Lyon is the highest-ranking official to be charged.

The city had switched its water source to the Flint river and failed to immediately treat it. Officials dismissed residents' concerns that the water was discolored and smelled. Pipes were not treated with anti-corrosion agents, and lead leached into the water system.

September 24, 2015: A group of doctors urges Flint to stop using the Flint River for water after finding high levels of lead in the blood of children. They still have not had their day in court.

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Shuette brought charges last year against three other state employees connected to the years-long crisis.

September 29, 2015: Gov. Rick Snyder pledges to take action in response to the lead levels - the first acknowledgment by the state that lead is a problem. "Director Lyon and Dr. Wells have been and continue to be instrumental in Flint's recovery".

There were almost 100 cases in the Flint area, including 12 deaths, in 2014 and 2015.

Schuette launched a probe of the water crisis in January 2016.

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The state's culpability is rooted in the fact that Flint was being run by state appointed emergency managers at the time of the water crisis.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed involuntary manslaughter charges against one of the state officials responsible for the Flint water scandal in 2015, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

She is also alleged to have lied to law enforcement about when she knew about the outbreak, a two-year charge.

Lyon, Croft, Earley, Shekter Smith and Busch are blamed in the death of Robert Skidmore in December 2015.

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February 17: The Michigan Civil Rights Commission issues a report that finds "systemic racism" going back decades is at the core of problems that caused the water crisis in the majority black city of Flint.