Flint public health and safety officials charged in water contamination case
Flint public health and safety officials charged in water contamination case.
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.
Lyon and Dr. Wells were not in court.
A message seeking comment was left for Lyon’s attorneys.
Lead from old plumbing leached into the water system.
People can get sick if they inhale mist or vapor, typically from cooling systems, some reports say.
There were nearly 100 cases in the Flint area, including 12 deaths, in 2014 and 2015.
Lyon was personally briefed in January 2015 but "took no action to alert the public of a deadly" outbreak until nearly a year later, Seipenko said.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has now charged 15 current or former government officials in an ongoing probe that began in early 2016, including two emergency managers whom Snyder appointed to run the impoverished city of roughly 100,000 residents.
In May, Mr. Schuette dropped a misdemeanor charge against a Flint official who cooperated after pleading no contest to willful neglect of duty.