Detroit Evening Report, Aug. 11, 2022: Judge declares mistrial in dispute over liability in Flint Water Crisis

In this file photo, the Flint water plant tower is seen, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Flint. A Michigan Supreme Court order that charges related to the Flint water scandal against former Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director and seven other people must be dismissed is the latest development in the crisis that started in 2014. That was when the city began taking water from the Flint River without treating it properly, resulting in lead contamination.

 

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A judge has declared a mistrial in a dispute over partial liability for the Flint Water Crisis. The jury couldn’t reach a verdict after hearing months of evidence against two engineering firms, Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews & Newman. The companies were accused of not doing enough to get Flint to treat the highly corrosive water or to urge the city to return to a regional water supplier. The jury began deliberations on July 25th but also took a planned 11-day break before returning Tuesday. Flint’s water became contaminated in 2014 when water pulled from the Flint River wasn’t treated to reduce the corrosive effect on lead pipes. Veolia and LAN say bad decisions by state and local officials caused the crisis.

Other headlines for Aug. 11, 2022:

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  • Detroit Public Schools Community District approve items for upcoming school year
  • Embassy of Bangladesh coming to Michigan for mobile consular services August 19-22

Photo credit: Carlos Osorio/AP

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  • Nargis Hakim Rahman is the Civic Reporter at 101.9 WDET. Rahman graduated from Wayne State University, where she was a part of the Journalism Institute of Media Diversity.