Two of 3 people charged plead not guilty in Flint crisis

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Two state employees charged with crimes in the Flint water debacle have pleaded not guilty.

Stephen Busch and Michael Prysby appeared in court Wednesday on several charges, including conspiracy and misconduct in office. They’ve been suspended without pay at the Department of Environmental Quality.

Lawyers for the pair didn’t immediately return phone messages seeking comment. Busch and Prysby were released on bond.

Flint utilities administrator Michael Glasgow is also charged and has been placed on leave.

The three are accused of failing to do their duty to provide safe drinking water. Flint used the Flint River for 18 months but didn’t treat the water to reduce corrosion. As a result, lead leached from old plumbing as water moved through the system.

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