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2 MDEQ employees, a city employee charged in Flint water crisis
A judge in Flint authorized charges today against three officials involved in the Flint water crisis, the first time criminal charges have been brought against government officials in the public health calamity.
Multiple charges were filed by Michigan’s attorney general against Mike Glasgow, 40, of Flint, the city’s laboratory and water quality supervisor; Mike Prysby, 53, of Bath, a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality official; and Stephen Busch, 40, of DeWitt, the suspended Lansing district coordinator for the DEQ’s Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance. The charges were authorized by District Judge Tracy Collier-Nix in a Flint courtroom this morning.
The charges include felonies of misconduct in office and conspiracy related to tampering with evidence. They carry maximum penalties of up to five years in prison and up to four years in prison, respectively.
Busch faces three felonies and two misdemeanors; Prysby faces four felonies, two misdemeanors; and Glasgow one felony and one misdemeanor.
Maximum sentences for each of the felonies range from 4 to 5 years in prison with fines ranged from $5,000 to $10,000.
Prysby faces six criminal counts: two charges of misconduct in office; and one count each of conspiracy to tamper with evidence, tampering with evidence, engaging in a treatment violation that violates the MichiganSafe Drinking Water Act and engaging in a monitoring violation that violates the Michigan’ Safe Drinking Water Act.
The five charges against Busch are misconduct in office, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, tampering with evidence, engaging in a treatment violation that violates Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, and engaging in a monitoring violation that violates the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act
Glasgow was charged with two counts of tampering with evidence and willful neglect of office.
According to the complaint, the misconduct in office charges relate to willfully and knowingly misleading officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Genesee County Health Department. Prysby faces an additional misconduct in office charge for allegedly authorizing a permit for the Flint Water Treatment Plant when he knew the plant was deficient in its ability to provide clean and safe drinking water.
The conspiracy and tampering with evidence charges relate to manipulating monitoring reports and results of lead-in-water testing, the complaint alleges.
The treatment violation under the Safe Drinking Water Act, a misdemeanor, relates to failing to require the addition of corrosion control chemicals, the complaint alleges.
The alleged monitoring violation under the Safe Drinking Water Act, a misdemeanor, relates to telling residents to “pre-flush” their taps before taking water samples for lead testing and removing test samples that should have been included when calculating whether the lead levels in Flint’s drinking water exceeded the federal action level of 15 parts per billion.
A neglect of duty charge against Glasgow, which is a misdemeanor, relates to allegedly failing to perform the duties of a certified water treatment plant operator, the complaint says.
Those charged did not appear in the Flint courtroom this morning, but it is expected that they’ll face arraignment on the charges at a future time that has yet to be announced.
Later today, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is expected to detail those criminal charges in connection with the ongoing investigation of the Flint drinking water crisis, three sources familiar with the investigation told the Free Press on Tuesday.
Officials believe the city got artificially low lead readings because it didn’t test the homes most at risk — those with lead service lines or other features putting them at high risk for lead. Glasgow 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, according to sources familiar with the investigation.
It was also Glasgow who wrote an April 2014 e-mail to the DEQ saying the Flint Water Treatment Plant was not ready to start treating Flint River water later that month, as scheduled, and it would do so over his objections. Glasgow told lawmakers at a recent hearing in Flint he never got much of a response to that e-mail and the plant started treating the water anyway.
Prysby was a recipient of that Glasgow e-mail complaining the plant was being rushed into operation. Glasgow also testified it was Prysby who told him the Flint Water Treatment Plant did not need to use corrosion control chemicals in treating the Flint River water, and that it could instead conduct six-month studies to determine whether lead levels in the water warranted addition of the chemicals.
Busch sent a February 2015 e-mail to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official saying the Flint Water Treatment plant was using “optimized corrosion control” when in fact it was not using corrosion controls. A report by the state auditor general later said Busch believed that performing six-month rounds of testing, to determine if the chemicals were needed, constituted a corrosion control program.
It was also Busch who warned before the switch to the Flint River from the Detroit system that making such a change would create many challenges in treating the water.
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Schuette’s investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected, sources said.