Gov. Snyder: Flint water crisis charges ‘deeply troubling’

Gov. Snyder addresses the charges three government workers face in connection to the Flint water crisis. (April 20, 2016)


FLINT, Mich. (WOOD) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday called the accusations against two state workers and one Flint employee who now face criminal charges in connection to the city’s water crisis “deeply troubling.”

“I’ve consistently said that a handful of bureaucrats have created a terrible situation in Flint,” the governor said at an afternoon press conference. “If these accusations are correct, this would take it to a whole new level.”

His remarks came just hours after Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced criminal charges against Michigan Department of Envirnomental Quality workers Michael Prysby and Steven Busch and Flint worker Michael Glasgow. Schuette accused Prysby and Busch of manipulating water test results in Flint and failing to treat the water to prevent the corrosion that led to the lead problem.

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Left to right: Michael Prysby and Stephen Busch at their April 20, 2016 arraignments and a file image of Michael Glasgow.

“They failed Michigan families; indeed, they failed us all,” Schuette said at his press conference.

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Busch entered a not guilty plea Wednesday afternoon. Prysby also appeared in court moments later to request personal recognizance bond.

Glasgow faces a felony charge of tampering with evidence and a misdemeanor charge of willful neglect of office. He was the plant’s laboratory and water quality supervisor during the water switch. He is now the city utilities administrator.

He said all three men are no longer involved in handling the Flint water crisis.

“With respect to the attorney general’s press conference and the charges being filed, let me start by saying these are deeply troubling and extremely serious,” Snyder said at his press conference.

“Now we need to let due process work to see if it was criminal,” he continued.

He said the focus now should be “to pursue the truth.”

“The citizens of Michigan deserve it. The citizens of Flint deserve it,” he continued.

When taking questions from reporters, Snyder was asked if he felt he did anything criminally wrong.

“I don’t even want to get into that kind of speculation; I don’t believe so,” he said. “And so the point here is … saying I’m concerned about how this could go over with 47,000 employees in the state of Michigan.”

When asked if anyone in his office should be charged, he replied, “We’re fully cooperating.”

–24 Hour News 8’s Sarah Hurwitz contributed to this report.

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