The emails show the governor was informed in September about the possibility of lead contamination of Flint’s water. Snyder aides say in the messages they considered it a local issue, even though the state treasurer had to sign off on the drinking water switch that resulted in the contamination. That was while Flint was being run by a state-appointed manager.
Snyder’s chief of staff also said he feared the issue had become a political football being used by the –quote- “against everything group.”
Governor Snyder says he released the e-mails to clear up questions about what he knew and when he knew what was happening in Flint. He is not releasing separate e-mails from his staff on the question. The governor’s office is not covered by Michigan’s open public records law.