Snyder knew about the bad Flint water almost a year before anything was done:
Two of Gov. Rick Snyder’s top lawyers privately advocated moving the city of Flint back to the Detroit water system because of quality problems only months after Flint began to draw its drinking water from the Flint River and treat it at its own plant in mid-2014, according to a review of e-mails made public Friday by the governor’s office.[…]
She [Valerie Brader] argued for returning the city to Detroit’s system drawn from Lake Huron, saying it made economic and environmental sense for an “urgent matter to fix.” She cited bacterial contamination in the treated river water and reduced quality that caused “GM to leave due to rusted parts.”[…]
Michael Gadola, then the governor’s legal counsel, echoed those concerns in an e-mail responding to Brader and sent to the governor’s top aides. He called the idea of using the Flint River as a drinking water source “downright scary.”
Flint “should try to get back on the Detroit system as a stopgap ASAP before this thing gets too far out of control,” Gadola wrote 12 minutes after Brader’s e-mail.
These emails were released voluntarily by the Governor’s office, since they are not subject to FOIA laws. One of Brader’s emails says that she wasn’t copying the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality because the DEQ was subject to FOIA. Seems awfully damning to me.
I am not as well-versed in either Michigan politics or the self-deceptive stupidity of someone like Snyder, but why the hell would he voluntarily give the press this kind of a smoking gun? And when is he and everyone else who ignored this poisoning going to jail?