FLINT, Mich. — The Latest on the investigation into the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint (all times local):
The state appeals court has agreed to hear a dispute between the Michigan health department and authorities who are investigating crimes in the Flint water crisis.
Gov. Rick Snyder is challenging an order by a judge that prohibits McLaren Hospital and the Genesee County health department from talking to the state about new cases of Legionnaires’ disease.
In a brief order Wednesday, the appeals court says it will hear the dispute. New court filings, arguments and a decision could take weeks.
The attorney general’s office says orders barring contact with the state health department are necessary to protect its investigation. Spokeswoman Andrea Bitely says public health is not at risk.
At least seven Legionnaires’ cases have been reported this year in Genesee County after 91 in 2014 and 2015.
A former Michigan state official acknowledges in a 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.
Michigan’s former state epidemiologist, Corrine Miller, entered a no-contest plea Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of neglect of duty in connection to the outbreak and the investigation into lead-contaminated water in Flint.
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.
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.
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.
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. But tests later showed that the river water was improperly treated and coursed through aging pipes and fixtures, releasing toxic lead.