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Charges against former Michigan governor regarding Flint water crisis dismissed

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A Michigan judge has dismissed charges leveled at former Governor Rick Snyder regarding the 2014 Flint water crisis because the charges "were not properly brought."

In early 2021, Attorney General Dana Nessel filed charges against nine state officials, including Snyder, who, she said, were responsible for the decision to draw municipal water from the Flint River temporarily while a new pipeline to Lake Huron was under construction. Unbeknownst to Flint-area residents, though, the water diverted from the Flint River was not properly treated, and an old pipe system containing lead often meant unsafe drinking water was funneled directly into their homes. Investigators claimed that the contaminated drinking water may have caused an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, which claimed the lives of 12 people and affected at least 90 others.

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