FLINT, Mich – We have new information tonight that reveals officials knew months before the public did that Flint’s water supply had dangerously high levels of lead.
This is all according to emails obtained by the watchdog group Corporate Accountability, who shared those with us today.
These emails came to light because of the lawsuit filed by the Michigan Attorney General in the Genesee County Circuit Court back in 2016.
Former Attorney General Bill Schuette alleged Veolia gave Flint bad advice, and did not help to prevent the crisis by pushing harder for safeguards against corrosion or a switch to a different water supply.
We reached out to Veolia for their response and they told us:
“Instead of helping bring justice and truth to the people of Flint, this article contributes to AG Nessel’s misguided campaign to divert attention away from the state and city officials, “blatant wrongdoing, and find a scapegoat and a deep pocket. Along with the plaintiffs’ lawyers, the AG seeks to create a corporate villain where one does not exist.”
Veolia was hired by the city in February 2015 to analyze the water as the city switched from the Detroit water system to the Flint River.
Look at all of the documents below: