Today, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will reportedly announce criminal charges “in connection with his ongoing investigation of the Flint drinking water crisis.”
Officials believe the city got artificially low lead readings because they didn’t test the homes most at risk — those with lead service lines or other features putting them at high risk for lead. Among those to be charged is a City of Flint official who signed a document saying the homes Flint used to test tap water under the federal Lead and Copper Rule all had lead service lines — a statement investigators allege was false.
Schuette is to announce felony and misdemeanor charges against at least two, and possibly as many as four people, according to two other sources familiar with the investigation. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected, sources said.
The people who orchestrated this harm against the people of Flint - especially children, the damage to whom won’t be fully known for years, perhaps decades - must be held accountable.
True justice, however, will only come with comprehensive lead remediation nationwide.
Lead in pipes and paint in old housing continues to be threaten, especially poor people. A truly meaningful accountability is making sure that what happened in Flint will never happen again, anywhere, through any means.
Lead remediation is costly and time-consuming. It needs federal management. For that reason, whoever is the next president must make lead remediation a priority of her or his administration.