Editor in Chief & Publisher Jeff Brown.
Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has been charged in the Flint Water Crisis. After an investigation, Snyder was charged on Wednesday with willful neglect of duty regarding the lead contamination of the Flint water system and a regional outbreak of Legionnaires disease.
Snyder has been charged with misdemeanors that are punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $1,000.
The Flint Water Crisis began in April of 2014, when a money-saving decision was made to use water from the Flint River as the city's water source during the construction of a pipeline from Lake Huron. Corrosive water from the Flint River was not treated correctly and lead was released from old corroded pipes and plumbing into Flint homes. Thus, the entire water system for the city of Flint was contaminated with poisonous lead. It was 18 months before the Snyder administration took any action.
On a personal note, those of you who are regular Purple Walrus Press readers know that Flint is my hometown, and that I have a vested interest in the charges brought against Snyder. I hope justice prevails.