3 officials have been criminally charged in Flint water crisis

Flint Michigan water supply

The operator of the Flint water treatment plant and two state environmental officials have been served with criminal charges.

The men were served on Wednesday and accused of misleading regulators about the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Warrants filed with the court show Mike Glasgow was charged with tampering with evidence and willful neglect while Steven Busch and Michael Prysby are charged with misconduct, evidence tampering and violations of the Safe Water Drinking Act, according to NBC News affiliate WDIV.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will reveal details of the charges later in the day.

Schuette launched a criminal investigation after the discovery of lead in Flint’s water sparked a state of emergency and a national focus on water safety.

Here are more details about the men named in the Flint water crisis criminal case.

  • Mike Glasgow was in charge of the Flint water treatment plan. He allegedly certified that water samples taken last year were from high-risk homes with lead pipes when they were actually from mostly low-risk homes.
  • Stephen Busch, a district supervisor for Michigan Department of Environmental Quality oversaw the drinking water plant in Flint. In February 2015, he assured the US Environmental Protection Agency that the city’s water was being properly treated for corrosion and regularly tested with no unusual results. Busch was put on paid leave after it was determined that proper water treatment practices were not being observed as promised.
  • Mike Prysby is a former engineer for MDEQ. He allegedly did not respond to a 2014 email from Glasgow that warned Flint was not ready to switch its water source to the Flint River.

It was the switch from Detroit’s water supply to the Flint river that exposed residents to lead-poisoning, Legionnaires’ disease, E. coli bacteria and other toxic chemical byproducts.

Lawsuits have been filed en masse against the city, state, and state officials as angry residents continue to deal with tainted water.