The Flint Water Crisis

The Flint River. In April 2014, the city of Flint began drawing from the river for its water supply.
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WKAR coverage of the water crisis facing the city of Flint, Michigan. Includes reporting from Current State, Off the Record and WKAR media partners.

Judge Needs More Time For Thorny Issues In Flint Water Case

Feb 24, 2021
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A judge overseeing misdemeanor charges against a former Michigan governor in the Flint water scandal said Tuesday that he’s struggling with how to handle an aggressive effort to have the case dismissed.

Push To Get More Flint Children Evaluated For Developmental Issues

Feb 9, 2021
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Genesee County health and education officials want young children from Flint evaluated for developmental issues.

Testing has shown Flint’s drinking water has long since recovered from its lead crisis in 2014 and 2015.

Attorneys: Ex-governor Charged In Wrong County Over Flint

Jan 19, 2021
Governor Rick Snyder
Courtesy / State of Michigan

Attorneys for former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are striking back, telling prosecutors Tuesday that the Flint water case should be dismissed because he was charged in the wrong county.

Snyder was charged last week with two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty. He was indicted by a Genesee County judge who sat as a grand juror and considered evidence presented by prosecutors.

The Michigan Attorney General's Office Thursday announced criminal charges for eight former state officials, including the state's former Gov. Rick Snyder, along with one current official, for their alleged roles in the Flint water crisis.

Together the group face 42 counts related to the drinking water catastrophe roughly seven years ago. The crimes range from perjury to misconduct in office to involuntary manslaughter.

Updated at 9:28 p.m. ET

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was charged Wednesday for his role in the Flint water crisis, an environmental disaster that contaminated the majority Black city's drinking water with lead nearly seven years ago.

Michigan Plans To Charge Ex-Gov. Snyder In Flint Water Probe

Jan 12, 2021
Governor Rick Snyder
Courtesy / State of Michigan

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director and other ex-officials have been told they’re being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the majority Black city with lead-contaminated water and was blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in 2014-15, The Associated Press has learned.

EPA Updates 'Lead And Copper Rule', Critics Say 'We Can, And Must, Do Better'

Dec 22, 2020
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A federal law blamed in part of slowing the response to the Flint water crisis is getting a major revision.

Andrew Wheeler is the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator.

During a press conference Tuesday, Wheeler says the updated Lead and Copper Rule, or LCR, will lower the lead contamination level requiring a response and require testing of drinking water in schools and child care facilities.

Flint City Council Approves Using Insurance Money For Water Crisis Settlement

Dec 22, 2020
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The Flint city council has signed off on joining a $641 million settlement of water crisis lawsuits.

The council voted just after midnight after a marathon session Monday night to tap $20 million in insurance funds to pay the city’s share of the settlement.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

During a court hearing on Monday, a federal judge said she expects to decide by next month whether to approve a massive legal settlement of claims tied to the Flint water crisis.

U.S. District Judge Judith Levy says the $641 million master agreement is among the most complex settlement she has ever seen. The complexity of the deal could be surmised by the more than 140 lawyers on the Zoom hearing.

Flint Water Settlement Borrowing Plan Approved By Lawmakers

Dec 16, 2020
Flint sign over street
WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

Michigan legislators on Wednesday finalized a plan to borrow $600 million to finance the state’s proposed settlement with the residents of Flint, whose water was contaminated with elevated levels of the neurotoxin lead.