State DEQ worker's future in question due to Flint Water Crisis - WNEM TV 5

State DEQ worker's future in question due to Flint Water Crisis

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Stephen Busch during Jan. 2015 interview with TV5. (Source: WNEM TV5) Stephen Busch during Jan. 2015 interview with TV5. (Source: WNEM TV5)
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A state DEQ worker’s future is in question due to his role in the Flint Water Crisis.

According to the Detroit News, DEQ Supervisor, Stephen Busch, is the only civil servant known to be under investigation for the crisis.

He’s been on paid leave since February 1.

Emails released by the state reveal Busch warned about potential problems with Flint’s water system before it was connected to the Flint River.

But at some point, emails suggest he supported switching the water supply without using proper corrosion controls.

TV5 interviewed Busch in January of 2015 when residents filled Flint City Hall to complain about the water coming from their taps.

He told us then that the water was mostly safe to drink.

“I understand the frustration of people and the difference they’ve seen in the quality of the water. But at the same time by job isn’t to look at the aesthetic issues. My job is to look at the health and safety of the water,” Busch said during that 2015 interview.

Governor Rick Snyder promised to crack down on those involved in the water crisis.

Notably he dismissed a top DEQ official, and two others resigned.

But the Detroit News reports Busch is protected by civil service rules in the constitution.

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