Schuette to Investigate Flint Water Crisis

Contact: Andrea Bitely 517-373-8060

January 15, 2016

LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced today that he will investigate the water crisis currently affecting the City of Flint. The purpose of the investigation is to determine what, if any, Michigan laws were violated in the process that resulted in the contamination crisis currently forcing Flint residents to rely on bottled water for drinking, cooking and bathing as they fear for their health. 

“As attorney general, I will investigate this situation to determine if any Michigan laws have been broken,” said Schuette. “Without fear or favor, I will carry out my responsibility to enforce the laws meant to protect Michigan families, and represent the citizens of Flint. 

“The situation in Flint is a human tragedy in which families are struggling with even the most basic parts of daily life. While everyone acknowledges that mistakes were made, my duty as attorney general requires that I conduct this investigation. 

“As a husband and father I greatly empathize with the fears of Flint parents and family members, who are rightly concerned for their health.  In 21st century America, no one should have to fear something as basic as turning on the kitchen faucet. I look forward to working with federal, state and local officials, community leaders and Flint residents as we seek answers regarding state law and hope through the process we can help restore some of the trust in our government while helping families move forward,” concluded Schuette.   

Schuette said that the process for moving forward with the investigation will begin immediately.  While office policy generally precludes the confirmation of investigations, in this situation Schuette said that the people of Flint and throughout Michigan are rightly concerned and worried about this situation.