Two companies have been sued by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette for their intervention in the Flint water crisis. These are Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews & Newman, also known as LAN.
These companies were chosen because of their remarkable and credible image, but due to their negligence, the lead pipes of Flint deteriorated, which caused the lead to leach into the drinking water of the residents. This has put the lives of individuals living in Flint, Michigan in danger.
This event has prompted authorities to file charges against the Water Company and the Engineering Firm. Reports said that Veolia has allegedly committed fraud when it made false reports concerning the safety of the drinking water of Flint.
LAN was tasked to conduct a feasibility study on the subject of using the Flint River as the source of its water supply. LAN was expected to design a project that enhances the water plant. LAN failed to deliver a program that would prevent the corrosion of pipes. LAN was asked to make a report on the root cause of the water contamination but the firm failed to produce the said document.
The suit claims that the negligence of these companies caused terrible damage to the state of Michigan and these firms have to be held accountable for it. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette also stated that criminal charges will be laid against the two state regulators and a utility official for manipulating reports regarding the water contamination.