Snyder releases emails from 2014-15 on Flint water crisis

Gov. Rick Snyder has released his emails in connection to the Flint Water Crisis.

Gov. Snyder said during his State of the State that he would release his 2014 and 2015 emails that were related to the water crisis in Flint.

There is already controversy. Democrats are saying tonight, it's not enough. the governor needs to release the e-mails from 2013.

Why? Because that's when the emergency manager in Flint started to talk about going off of the Detroit water system.
 
When FOX 2 talked to the governor earlier Wednesday, he says what people were asking are e-mails on the lead contamination problem. that didn't start until 2014. So 2013 in his mind is irrelevant. 
 
Asked if he was hiding anything, Snyder said "No, absolutely not."

The emails, which are heavily redacted at times, came in a PDF file that is 274 pages long. They are included below. If it is not displaying correctly, Click here to read the emails for yourself.

An email from Sept. 25, 2015 from Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore to Snyder pointed to former state treasurer Andy Dillon.

"I can't figure out why the state is responsible expect that Dillon did make the ultimate decision so we're not able to avoid the subject."

In  city of Flint's press release April 25, 2014, it said that Michael Glasgow has worked in the laboratory at the city of Flint water service center. According to the release, he had run “countless tests on our drinking water to ensure its safety for public use."

Michael Prysby of the Michigan DEQ Office of Drinking Water verified that “The quality of the water being putout meets all of our drinking water standards and Flint water is safe to drink.”

Also in that release, then-Mayor Dayne Walling also said the water was fine to drink.

“It’s good regular, good, pure drinking water and it’s right in our backyard,” he said at the time. “This is the first step in the right direction for Flint as we take this monumental step forward in controlling the future of our community’s most precious resource.”

In an email dated February 1, 2015 from his deputy press secretary  the governor was told about a planned event in flint to tout a $2 million grant and it gave the governor a heads-up about the quote - 

Two press releases from Flint in Snyder's emails stand out.
 
On April 25, 2014. it says "The test results have shown that our water is not only safe but the high quality that Flint customers have come to expect," said local director Howard Croft of the department of public works. 
 
But the same day, April 25th, later on in the day, this e-mail and press release:
 
"Even with a proven track record on the water, quote, there still remains lingering uncertainty about the quality of the water."
 
Two press releases, apparently on the same day, sending two separate messages. 

In October 2014, Governor Snyder received a briefing from DEQ that explained Flint's pipe problems. The briefing was in response to boil orders that had been issued in August and September 2014. According to the briefing, 20% of the city was included. However, the briefing also included information that the city's water distribution system suffered from infrastructure issues.

 
"The city's water distribution system has suffered from a lack of infrastructure investment and asset management. Most of the city's over 550 miles of water mains are now over 75 years old and constructed of cast iron piping. Cast iron pipe is subject to internal corrosion, called tuberculation, which causes buildup on the pipe interior, leading to water quality issues, reduced flow and pressures, and leakage. Tuberculation also encourages the development of biofilms, layers of bacteria that attach to the interior pipe wall. Biofilm growth is common in areas of piping with little or no disinfectant residual, and together with tuberculation can clog water lines to the point of insufficient water pressure."
 
The October 2014 briefing did not include any information about health issues that could happen as a result of the old pipes.

 

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