Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Wednesday named a group of experts and government officials to implement long-term fixes for Flint’s lead-contaminated water system as he faced criticism for the state’s handling of a crisis that has become a national scandal.
Also on Wednesday, a coalition of local citizens and national groups filed a lawsuit asking a federal court in Detroit to compel city and state officials to replace all lead water pipes promptly and at no cost to residents.
The 17-member committee appointed by Snyder will recommend ways to help people exposed to lead, study Flint’s water infrastructure and determine possible upgrades, his office said in a statement.
The group includes Flint Mayor Karen Weaver; the president and a director of local children’s hospital programs; city, county and state officials; and university professors. The members will serve three-year terms.