Flint official enters plea in lead-contaminated water crisis - WNEM TV 5

Flint official enters plea in lead-contaminated water crisis

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Michigan's former state epidemiologist has pleaded no contest in an investigation into the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint.

Corinne Miller entered the plea Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of neglect of duty. In exchange, prosecutors dropped felony misconduct and conspiracy charges.

Miller acknowledges in the plea deal that she was aware of dozens of cases of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area two years ago but didn't report it to the general public.

A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated that way for sentencing. Miller's attorney, Kristen Guinn, says Miller entered the plea because of potential civil actions.

The city started using the Flint River as its water source to save money in 2014. A definitive connection between the corrosive water and Legionnaires' has not been made, but many experts believe it likely was the cause.

At least 91 Legionnaires' cases were detected in 2014 and 2015.

No explanation is given in the plea deal as to why the cases weren't publicly reported.

Another past city official, former Utilities Administrator Mike Glasgow, pleaded no contest to neglect in May.

Flint, a financially struggling city of 100,000 people, switched from Detroit's water system to the Flint River to save money in 2014. Tests later showed that the river water was improperly treated and coursed through aging pipes and fixtures, releasing toxic lead.

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