LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – A top legal aid to Governor Snyder described the idea of switching Flint’s water supply from the Detroit system to the Flint River as “downright scary.”
That was in an e-mail more than a year before the state intervened in the water crisis there.
That’s just one of the more than 2,000 new emails the governor’s office released just hours ago.
The e-mails show two lawyers from Mr. Snyder’s office told the governor’s aides they were concerned over the water quality.
They cite the fact that a General Motors plant in Flint stopped using the water because it was making their engine parts rust.
One e-mail to the governor’s former Chief of Staff sent back in October of 2014 says Flint’s water is an “urgent matter to fix.”
Another batch of emails show, after the Governor’s Chief of Staff raised concerns over the quality of Flint’s water, public health officials looked into the lead testing results of children in Flint who were 16 years old and younger, both before and after the city switched its water source.
Take a look at these charts. One graph shows children who were tested for lead poisoning; the other shows children with first-time elevated blood lead levels.
In an email to address those lead concerns, public health experts found that while there was a spike in elevated lead levels from July to September in 2014, it wasn’t any different from the pattern they saw in the previous three years.
In July 2015, Deputy Director of External Relations for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Nancy Peeler, said health officials see a common seasonal effect with lead, which is related to people opening and closing windows more often in the summer.
Peeler said, “Upon review, we don’t believe our data demonstrates an increase in lead poisoning rates that might be attributable to the change in water source for Flint.
The governor’s office released thousands of pages of e-mails and other communications.
You can read the pdf documents by clicking on the links below. Be aware that these are massive files and not recommended for downloading to mobile devices.
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