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Michigan: Three officials charged over Flint water contamination

Demonstrators protest over the Flint, Michigan contaminated water crisis. Credit: Reuters

Michigan's attorney general has announced charges against three officials relating to an investigation into dangerous lead levels in Flint's drinking water.

Two state employees are accused of refusing to order chemical treatment that could have prevented the release of lead inside old plumbing.

A Flint utility worker is also charged with evidence tampering and several other counts related to the water crisis.

Attorney General Bill Schuette said the accused "failed Michigan families." He added in a press conference that he "guarantees" there will be further charges.

Michigan switched Flint's water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River two years ago.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality failed to treat the corrosive water, which ate into the city's lead and iron pipes, causing lead to contaminate the water. High levels of other toxins were also found in the water.

More than 50 lawsuits have been filed over the scandal since January.

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