FLINT WATER CRISIS: 3 Officials Hit with Criminal Charges

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 10.28.58 AMDo the charges fit the crime or are they not harsh enough?

The man who ran Flint’s water treatment plant and two state environmental officials were hit with criminal charges Wednesday for allegedly misleading regulators about the lead crisis.

Warrants filed in court show Mike Glasgow was charged with tampering with evidence and willful neglect while Steven Busch and Michael Prysby are charged with misconduct, evidence tampering and violations of the Safe Water Drinking Act.

The three officials were not in court when the charges were read earlier in the day. They were named as:

  • Mike Glasgow, who ran the Flint water treatment plan. According to public records, he allegedly certified that water samples taken last year were from high-risk homes with lead pipes when they were actually from mostly low-risk homes.
  • Stephen Busch, a district supervisor for Michigan Department of Environmental Quality who oversaw the drinking water plant in Flint. In February 2015, he assured the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the city’s water was being properly treated for corrosion and regularly tested with no unusual results. The state now admits that Flint’s water was not being properly treated, and Busch is on paid leave.
  • Mike Prysby, a former engineer for MDEQ. He allegedly did not respond to a 2014 email from Glasgow that warned Flint was not ready to switch its water source to the Flint River. Making that switch without proper water treatment proved catastrophic. This week Prysby started a new job within DEQ.

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