By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker
The FBI has joined an investigation into the Flint water crisis after thousands of residents were poisoned by elevated levels of lead.
The probe is part of a multi-agency investigation to determine whether criminal charges should be filed against officials who failed to warn residents of contaminated drinking water.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit confirmed the FBI’s involvement, which was first reported by the Free Press this morning.
The probe involves the FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and the EPA’s Office of Inspector General.
The news means officials who were involved in the water crisis could face criminal charges.
On Wednesday, a U.S. House Oversight Committee is scheduled to hold its first hearing on the crisis, but the Republican-led committee has declined to invite Gov. Rick Snyder to testify, even though he accepted blame for the poisoning during his State of the State address.
Motor City Muckraker has published numerous stories showing that state officials knew of the crisis long before notifying the public of elevated lead levels.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.