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Enlarge this imageThe Flint Drinking water Plant h2o tower in Flint, Mich.Carlos Osorio/APhide captiontoggle captionCarlos Osorio/APThe Flint H2o Plant drinking water tower in Flint, Mich.Carlos Osorio/APMichigan Lawyer Common Invoice Schuette says his busine s office has submitted a civil lawsuit towards two busine ses a sociated with Flint’s lead-tainted drinking water crisis. The damages could acce s hundreds of tens of millions of bucks, he claims. “The much more I explore and decipher,” Schuette suggests, “the angrier I turn into. … Folks committed crimes, and a global busine s and a Texas busine s botched the job of delivering risk-free consuming drinking water.” Schuette claims the lawsuit accuses Veolia, a France-based source administration team, of carele sne s, fraud and community nuisance “for its steps and failures to act responsibly, which contributed to the drinking water in Flint being poisoned.” Texas-based agency Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN) is accused of negligence and general public nuisance. Leo A. Daly Co., the parent company of LAN, is named in the suit. LAN’s Michigan-based affiliate and three Delaware-based affiliates of Veolia are also named. “In Flint, Veolia and LAN were hired to do a occupation and failed miserably,” Schuette tells reporters. “They failed miserably in their task basically botched it, didn’t stop the drinking water in Flint from staying poisoned. They made it worse, that’s what they did.” The Two-WayLead-Laced Drinking water In Flint: A Step-By-Step Look At The Makings Of A Disaster The crisis in Flint started when the city switched to a new water source in 2014. As we have reported, “Water from that new source, the Flint River, was not adequately treated with corrosion controls and this caused lead from pipes to contaminate the water. The city switched back to its original source late last year.” It was too late to reverse the damage for the pipes which meant the children of Flint were “drinking from a guide straw,” as Schuette claims. You can find a step-by-step look at how the crisis unfolded here. Schuette describes the role that LAN played like this:”LAN was hired by officials in Flint in 2011 to study and review the feasibility for using the Flint Water treatment plant for h2o supply for Flint residents and industrial users. In the summer of 2013, LAN was hired to operate and help operate the h2o treatment plant using Flint River. The switch from Lake Huron water to Flint River h2o occurred on April 25, 2014. … LAN botched the job, failed to help operate the drinking water treatment plant without any let me repeat without any corrosion control program. This meant that lead leached into the drinking water that would go to your home.”Veolia was hired in February 2015, he suggests, amid reports of elevating guide levels in the water:”Veolia was hired as Flint’s h2o quality consultant, hired to fix the problems at the water treatment plant. Veolia hired an interim report on Feb. 18 of 2015 that completely misrepresented the quality of the Flint water. .. Veolia stated that the h2o, quote, was harmle s. Veolia also callously and fraudulently dismi sed medical and health concerns by stating that quote, some individuals may be sensitive to any water.”He adds that in March 2015, Veolia recommended that an acid called ferric chloride be added into the h2o supply which only served to exacerbate the corrosion of the pipes. “In other words, Veolia built a bad situation worse,” he claims. This new lawsuit comes after state officials filed criminal charges against three persons in April two officials with the state Department of Environmental Quality as well as a drinking water official from Flint. Schuette states that he is expecting to file further criminal charges “soon.” In an email to your Two-Way, a LAN spokesman states that Schuette “blatantly mischaracterized the role of LAN’s service in Flint.” He claims LAN “had no responsibility for drinking water quality,” and that the corporation will “vigorously defend itself in opposition to these unfounded claims.” Veolia did not immediately respond to news of the lawsuit. Veolia is also a sociated with a Ma sachusetts lawsuit in exce s of much more than ten million gallons of sewage spilled into wooded lands around the city of Plymouth. Special Prosecutor Noah Hall suggests there has been a flood of lawsuits representing individuals in Flint. But he adds: “Unlike the individual Danton Heinen Jersey plaintiffs, who can cover claims for their personal injury and the damage to their property, for the lo s of their livelihood, the state of Michigan and only the state of Michigan can recover damages to the cost that the disaster has imposed, and continues to impose, on the state of Michigan.” Flint’s recovery will require a state effort, he states. And any damages collected from this lawsuit are meant to “addre s really the kind of broader, additional systematic public health implications of direct poisoning and what it does on the community.”