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Professor says Snyder started action on water crisis as far back as July

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Professor Marc Edwards, the man credited with blowing the whistle on a city’s water crisis, said he’s obtained email correspondence showing Gov. Rick Snyder’s chief of staff expressing concern about water quality as far back as July.

"He directed his staff to look in to look in the blood lead of Flint children that was anything caused concern," Edwards said. "I kind of a viewed it as a very proactive measure and an admission that if there was a problem the state was sure going to look bad."

But Edwards said the proactive measure from the governor was hindered by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

"There is no doubt in my mind from the DEQ that they were spreading this information all over, misleading people," Edwards said. "It's very clear from the emails, and so if anything people can be accused and rightly so of being guilty of trusting MDEQ a bit too much. But my read of the email suggests that the vast majority of the blame lies with a small group of employees at MDEQ and that they effectively mislead other branches of government that were trying to help Flint's kids."

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