Snyder says law firm to focus on Flint emails, documents

A spokesman for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday that a law firm that was hired to help him deal with the criminal probes over the Flint water crisis, will focus mostly on going through and processing the emails and state documents that have been sought by investigators.

Snyder called for the state's Auditor General and the health agency's inspector general to investigate the problems in Flint and surrounding Genesee County, and they agreed, the state said.

Lawmakers are sending $30 million to Flint to pay for 65 percent of the water portion of bills. "I want some answers".

In January, the governor's office released almost 300 pages of emails, which included Flint water issues, public safety and lawsuits.

Schuette's selection of Flood to lead his Flint water investigation also has been criticized by Common Cause in Michigan and Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Brandon Dillon because Flood has been a campaign donor to both Snyder and Schuette. The Snyder administration was aware of the outbreak but never informed the public until two months ago.

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From June 2014 to November 2015, Genesee County, which includes Flint, had 87 cases of Legionnaires', 10 of them fatal. A federal state of emergency has been declared in Flint due to risky levels of contamination in the water supply.

Some expertsbelieve the Flint River was the source of the Legionella bacteria, although no definitive link has been made. Residents are using bottled water or filtered water because corrosive tap water from the Flint River allowed lead to leach from old plumbing.

As the crisis grew over time, city and state officials repeatedly told residents the water was "safe" to consume.

Legionnaires' disease can lead to severe pneumonia, respiratory failure, kidney failure and septic shock.



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