Testimony sheds light on who in Flint didn’t use water corrosion control, and why

LAN Engineering Vice President Warren Green testified that the MDEQ allowed Flint to operate it's water plant without using corrosion control chemicals. (Photo Credit: Drew Moore/WEYI)

FLINT, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality workers Stephen Busch, Liane Shekter-Smith, Michael Prysby, and Patrick Cook are facing several charges for their alleged role in the Flint Water Crisis continued Thursday.

The day was spent listening to testimony from LAN Engineering Vice President Warren Green.

LAN Engineering was paid millions by the city of Flint to help bring the water treatment Plant up to speed to use the Flint River as a drinking water source.

Green says the condition of the water plant was so terrible that the firm couldn’t even perform a successful test to see if it could provide clean water to the city’s residents. Green also shed more light on why the city didn’t purchase corrosion control chemicals, and who was ultimately responsible for making the decision.

Green detailed a conversation he had in 2013 with the Utilities Manager Daugherty Johnson surrounding the issue.

“Duffy made the statement as the meeting was wrapping up to the effect that the city dodged a bullet for not having to put corrosion control in, and saving money. I felt like that was an issue that needed to be investigated and we didn’t need to wait to start the plant up to start investigating it. He said that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality didn’t require it, and they weren’t going to do anything that wasn’t required,” Green says.

Johnson was charged for his role in the water crisis and has since taken a plea deal.

The case will continue February 5.