THE top health official in the US state of Michigan was charged yesterday with manslaughter for his part in supplying residents in the city of Flint with dirty water.
In the fourth round of criminal charges resulting from the Flint water crisis, Health and Human Services director Nick Lyon was charged with involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office.
And Mr Lyon’s chief medical executive Eden Wells was charged with obstruction of justice and lying to a police officer.
The charges are connected to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that killed 12 people in Flint after cost-cutting officials cancelled a water deal with nearby Detroit and instead supplied the city from the toxic River Flint.
The corrosive water dissolved lead from pipes, exposing over 100,000 people to high levels of lead — which causes brain damage.
And Mr Lyon was charged with manslaughter because prosecutors allege he knew about the Legionnaires’ risk in January 2015 but didn’t warn the public for another year.