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Gov. Snyder responds to charges filed in Flint water crisis

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Gov. Rick Snyder (Source: Michigan.gov) Gov. Rick Snyder (Source: Michigan.gov)
LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

Some Michigan residents think Gov. Rick Snyder should face charges in the handling of the water crisis.

"Let me start by saying these are deeply troubling and extremely serious," Snyder said on April 20 regarding Michigan Attorney General's announcement of felony charges against three government workers.

Snyder acknowledged the gravity of the situation, as three individuals were charged for their actions that led to the Flint water crisis. Two of them were state employees, Michael Prysby and Stephen Busch, and Michael Glasgow worked for Flint.

Snyder said the developments change the game for the situation the Flint residents were put in.

"I've consistently said that a handful of bureaucrats have created a terrible situation in Flint from the beginning. And if these accusations are correct, this would take it to a whole new level," Snyder said.

He hinted the current director of the Department of Environmental Quality would have to reexamine if the state would continue to pay for Prysby and Busch's legal fees as they enter into a whole new territory of criminal charges.

As for residents' outcry for Snyder to be held accountable, Snyder said that's not what the focus should be at this time.

"I always describe it as people lacking common sense. This puts it in the context of criminal behavior and either case, it's a tragic situation that's happened and now we need to wait and let due process work and decide if it was criminal or if it was poor decision making," Snyder said.

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