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Head of the Michigan health department is charged in Flint water investigation


The head of the Michigan health department, Nick Lyon, was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter for his role in the Flint  water crisis, according to the Associated Press.

In 2014, the department failed to properly treat the corrosion in the city's river water, causing thousands to drink toxic levels of lead. According to the Detroit Free Press, between June 2014 and November 2015, nearly 90 people in Genessee County, Mich., came down with Legionnaires' disease.

Ten of those with the illness did not survive. Lyon is accused of failing to inform the public about a Legionnaires' disease outbreak, which is caused by bacteria found in the water. 

Lyon is one of the latest people to be charged in the investigation of Flint's water crisis. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has charged five water officials, according to Schuette's official site.

Involuntary manslaughter is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a $7,500 fine.

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