Friday, February 5, 2016, 03:31 PM
Friday, February 5, 2016, 02:33 PM
Two of Governor Rick Snyder's top aides, former Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant and urban affairs chief Harvey Hollins, knew at least as early as March 13, 2015, of a Legionnaire's outbreak in Genesee County and the county health department's concern it might be related to the city switching its water source to the Flint River.
When Governor Rick Snyder announced January 13 that a Legionnaire's outbreak had sickened 87 in the county in 2014 and 2015 and killed nine, he said he had only learned of the outbreak a couple days earlier. It was the first time the public had been told of the outbreak. The state has said it cannot say for sure whether the Legionnaire's outbreak stemmed from the problems in the drinking water, but outside experts have said it is highly likely the lack of corrosion control treatment in the water drawn from the Flint River created conditions for the disease to show up.
One day after numerous legislators had mixed reviews on a proposal by Governor Rick Snyder to include $30 million in his budget proposal to credit Flint residents' water bills for contaminated water, the Senate majority decided to appropriate that funding in the second supplemental to Flint in as many weeks.
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