(Reuters) – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder denied Thursday that he had misled a U.S. Home of Representatives committee final 12 months over testimony on Flint’s water disaster after lawmakers requested if his testimony had been contradicted by a witness in a court docket listening to.
The Home Oversight and Authorities Reform Committee wrote Snyder earlier Thursday asking him about revealed experiences that one in all his aides, Harvey Hollins, testified in a court docket listening to final week in Michigan that he had notified Snyder of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ illness linked to the Flint water disaster in December 2015, relatively than 2016 as Snyder had testified.
“My testimony was truthful and I stand by it,” Snyder advised the committee in a letter, including that his workplace has offered tens of hundreds of pages of information to the committee and would proceed to cooperate absolutely.
Final week, prosecutors in Michigan mentioned Dr. Eden Wells, the state’s chief medical government who already confronted lesser expenses, would grow to be the sixth present or former official to face involuntary manslaughter expenses in reference to the disaster.
The costs stem from greater than 80 instances of Legionnaires’ illness and not less than 12 deaths that had been believed to be linked to the water in Flint after town switched its supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River in April 2014.
Wells was amongst six present and former Michigan and Flint officers charged in June. The opposite 5, together with Michigan Well being and Human Providers Director Nick Lyon, had been charged on the time with involuntary manslaughter stemming from their roles in dealing with the disaster.
The disaster in Flint erupted in 2015 when checks discovered excessive quantities of lead in blood samples taken from youngsters within the predominantly black metropolis of about 100,000.
The extra corrosive river water induced result in leach from pipes and into the consuming water. Lead ranges in Flint’s consuming water have since fallen under ranges thought-about harmful by federal regulators, state officers have mentioned.
Reporting by David Shepardson; Enhancing by Jonathan Oatis