By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker
Will Gov. Rick Snyder and other state officials be charged for their role in the Flint water crisis?
On Wednesday afternoon, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette plans to make a “significant announcement resulting from the Attorney General’s ongoing Flint Water investigation,” his office said in a statement.
It’s unclear whether Schuette, a Republican, is prepared to announce charges or fines against state officials who ignored the dangerous health effects of Flint’s drinking water.
In February, Schuette’s investigative team announced that state officials could face manslaughter charges if the state probe determines “gross negligence” led to the deaths of Flint residents who were forced to rely on contaminated water.
Last week, the state announced that deaths from Legionnaires’ disease during the Flint water crisis ballooned to 12.
The state investigation is led by Todd Flood and former FBI agent Andrew Arena and includes 20 attorneys and investigators. Flood has donated thousands of dollars to Snyder’s gubernatorial campaign, raising questions about the fairness of the investigation.
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.