Snyder releases 303K pages of Flint emails, documents

Leonard N. Fleming
The Detroit News

Gov. Rick Snyder’s office on Tuesday released 303,331 pages of emails and documents related to the Flint water crisis in what officials described as the final public release of its kind.

This latest batch of documents comes months after the first set of emails were made public in January, right about the time Flint’s water crisis began to make national news and put the governor’s administration under intense scrutiny.

The latest emails and documents come from a variety of state departments and agencies, including: the Department of Environmental Quality, governor’s office, Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan State Police, Department of Talent and Economic Development, Talent Investment Agency, Department of Technology, and Department of Treasury and Management and Budget.

“After the initial batches from state departments were released in February, we continued our search for emails and other materials related to the Flint water crisis as part of an ongoing effort to increase transparency and make information more accessible to the public,” Snyder said in a statement.

“Residents can read these materials for themselves, and then we can continue to work together to help Flint families recover from this crisis.”

The governor’s office said in the statement that other requests for documents from state departments would be released through the standard Freedom of Information Act request process.

Snyder’s office has been voluntarily releasing tens of thousands of pages of state records related to Flint’s water crisis to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests and ongoing civil litigation and criminal investigations.

Previous releases included documents detailing how state environmental and health officials were aware of a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area during the time period the city was drawing water from the Flint River.

The emails are available on the governor’s website for the public to download and read, along with past disclosures.

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