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Snyder apologizes, again, in wake of new emails

Feb 26, 2016

“We could have done better.”

Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI)
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

That’s how Governor Rick Snyder reacted today to questions about revelations his top aides were talking about the need to switch Flint back to Detroit water.  A year before it was done.

After switching to the Flint River in April of 2014, the city’s tap water became contaminated with lead because the river water wasn’t properly treated.  

Emails show top Snyder aides wanted to switch the city away from the Flint River in October of 2014. But that didn’t happen until the fall of 2015.  

Snyder apologized again for the way his administration handled Flint’s water crisis.

“There were various flags but all the dots weren’t connected the way I wish they were,” says Snyder.

Snyder blames a lack of “urgency” and “common sense” in dealing with the problem, which he insists they are addressing now.