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Michigan AG declined to investigate Flint water in December

Michigan National Guard Staff Sgt. Stephen Robel, left, holds the door open while helping Flint resident Herbert Biggs, 59, as they carry cases of free bottled water to his truck as the first seven Michigan National Guard soldiers are on the ground at fire stations on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 throughout the city, assigned by Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday to help distribute water and relieve residents in relation to the Flint water crisis. Safe drinking water has not flowed from many Flint faucets for almost two years after the state-run city switched its source to the highly corrosive Flint River and failed to treat it properly to protect lead from leaching into it. (Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

On Friday, Attorney General Bill Schuette called for an investigation into the Flint water crisis. Just three weeks ago, however, Schuette had declined to take any action when asked by a Flint representative to do so.

Schuette's office said that they will now look to see if any Michigan laws were broken. Schuette described the Flint water crisis as a "human tragedy."


In September of 2015 State Representative Sheldon Neeley asked Schuette to investigate the Flint water crisis. In a letter to Schuette's office, Neeley said, "I make this request to urge the Attorney general's Office to investigate and determine if the City of Flint and/or the State of Michigan and its agents have culpability and responsibility for this unfortunate problem. "

On December 22, 2015 the Attorney General's Office sent a response to Neeley. In a response to Neeley, Rusty Hills, the Senior Advisor from the Executive Division, told Neeley, "As the Attorney General explained, given the multiple reviews by federal and state agencies, and the pending and potential federal court actions, we do not believe it necessary to conduct an additional investigation."

NBC25 News has reached out to he Attorney General's Office and asked what changed between December 22 of last year and now.

Schuette's office tells NBC25 that they have no comment.

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