Michigan's health chief, four others charged with manslaughter over Flint water contamination

Wells' job description on the state of MI website says she provides "professional medical leadership, expertise and coordination in addressing public health issues, workforce issues and health policy development to the MDHHS". "This is not justice for Flint nor for those who have been charged".

Three years after the beginning of the Flint water crisis, five MI officials are being charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Michigan's health chief is one of five officials charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Flint water crisis.

State Health Department Director Nick Lyon's lawyers, Chip Chamberlain and Larry Willey, also say the facts of the case don't support Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's claims.

Though nothing can be done to make up for the years of negligence and deliberate decisions to compromise the health and safety of thousands of innocent, low-income, minority individuals, Lyon's charges are a small step in the right direction. For starters, he failed to notify the public of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, according to the charges.

January 13, 2016: MI health officials report an increase in Legionnaires' disease cases - some fatal - over the past two years in the county that includes Flint.

The state also agreed to cover the cost of replacing water lines - the pipes that connect household plumbing to the main distribution pipe running beneath the street - for at least 18,000 Flint households by 2020, which resulted from a lawsuit over lead-tainted water in the city.

In 2014, Flint's water source switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River.

A Flint, Mich., resident holds up a bottle of water from her home while attending a hearing about the water crisis in Flint in February 2016.

Flint water was contaminated with Legionnaires' bacteria in 2014-2015.

The state officials involved have contended that because the outbreak wascontained to one county, the county health department held ultimate responsibility.

Schuette made the disclosure during a news conference Wednesday to announce additional charges in the case, including involuntary manslaughter against Snyder's director of the state health department. "The state and the Governor created this crisis and they must do more to help Flint's recovery".

Nick Lyon is the highest-ranking member of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's administration to be snagged in a criminal investigation of how the city's water system became poisoned after officials tapped the Flint River in 2014.

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