FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is challenging a court order that bars a Flint hospital from contacting state health authorities on any future issue related to the city’s water woes.
Snyder says the Aug. 17 order by a Genesee County judge has “tied the hands of state employees” to protect the public.
The Detroit News reports that the order tells McLaren Hospital to talk only to the county health department on Flint water-related matters. Andrea Bitely, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, says investigators are trying to protect health data related to lead poisoning and deaths from Legionnaires’ disease.
Bitely says an amended order will be sought. But she says any suggestion that the state health department can’t do its job “is simply untrue.”
Flint’s water supply was contaminated by lead.