Snyder's messages about the Flint water crisis indicated that then-chief of staff Dennis Muchmore was questioning in late September whether the state was responsible for the water crisis. Peterson watched the governor speak with her husband David, 89, in hopes to hear his plan for resolving the Flint water crisis.
The Flint water crisis was the main topic of Governor Rick Snyder's State of the State Address last night. The lead is believed to have caused illness among residents.
"Of course, some of the Flint people respond by looking for someone to blame instead of working to reduce anxiety", Muchmore wrote.
Muchmore adds: "We're throwing as much assistance as possible at the lead problem as regardless of what the levels, explanations or proposed solutions, the residents and particularly the poor need help to deal with it".
Left out of the letter is the fact that MI officials knew well in advance of switching to the Flint River, that the new water would be almost 20 times as corrosive as the old water source, yet still failed to take action to ameliorate it.
"So we're not able to avoid the subject", he wrote.
October 8: Snyder calls for Flint to go back to using water from Detroit's system again. The governor and his office are exempt from public-records requests under MI law.
Speaking at a joint General Motors-United Auto Workers facility, Obama opened his speech criticizing the water contamination in Flint, which has spurred accusations of government negligence and cover-ups.
Flint's water became contaminated with lead when the city began drawing from the river in 2014 as a cost-cutting measure while under state financial management.
Obama was also taking steps to show he's not ignoring the water problems in nearby Flint, Michigan. Hillary Clinton told a Martin Luther King event audience in Charleston, S.C.,"We would be outraged if this happened to white kids, and we should be outraged that it's happening right now to black kids". The state now must commit itself not only to compensating Flint's residents for the immediate costs they have incurred from the crisis, but also to meeting the long-term remedial health and education needs of its children. Agency Director Dan Wyant's resignation - and the firing of three other staffers - should take effect the next day.
Gov. Rick Snyder is asking the Obama Administration to change its mind and declare a major disaster in Flint.
But Obama determined it is not a disaster based on the legal requirement that such additional relief is intended for natural events, fires, floods or explosions. Snyder had estimated a need for up to $95 million over a year.
The governor submitted his appeal on Wednesday, likening the crisis to a flood and saying that the city's lead-contaminated water is a "natural catastrophe in the sense that lead contamination into water is a natural process". "It doesn't include unborn children whose mothers drank tainted water during their pregnancies, or children and pregnant women who reside outside Flint but were exposed while visiting relatives, childcare centers or hospitals inside city limits". The population is almost 60 percent black.
Lead contamination can lead to behavior problems and learning disabilities in children and kidney ailments in adults.
Obama said that he met with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver in the Oval Office Tuesday.
The Michigan government has made budgetary recommendations to replace water supply pipes and fixtures in Flint schools and to fund specialized staff locally in Flint for follow-up care for affected residents, Snyder said. That bill got unanimous support in the state House on Wednesday and now goes to the Senate.