Attorney General Bill Schuette to probe Flint water crisis for any potential broken laws

Posted at 7:24 AM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 07:24:52-05

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general says he plans to investigate Flint’s water crisis.

The announcement early Friday from the office of Bill Schuette says he’ll seek to determine what, if any, Michigan laws were violated. He says work on the investigation will begin immediately.

Schuette says in a statement that the situation in Flint “is a human tragedy in which families are struggling with even the most basic parts of daily life.”

Federal prosecutors said earlier this month they’re working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on an investigation into problems with lead in Flint’s water supply.

The announcement from Michigan’s attorney general comes just hours after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced he’s asking President Barack Obama to issue an emergency and major disaster declaration.