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Michigan Governor to Release Staff Emails on Flint Water Crisis

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Following accusations from Congress that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is hiding information regarding the ongoing Flint drinking water crisis, the governor has promised to release thousands of emails sent and received by his staff since 2011.

Snyder specified the documents could be issued, “relatively soon.”

“You’re talking thousands and thousands of emails, so I want to make sure they do it carefully and thoughtfully,” Snyder told The Detroit News Editorial Board.

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Under Michigan legislation, the governor’s office is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. Earlier, Snyder refused to expand the act to force his government to obey the US public records law.

Snyder’s office recently made public some papers containing data on Flint’s drinking water contamination. In particular, the documents pointed to mistakes by the state Department of Environmental Quality, which, among other problems, did not clean up water taken from the Flint River to supply the city with drinking water.

Flint’s drinking water became contaminated in April 2014, when the city was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager.

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