Though the media seems to have by and large moved past the major human rights crisis ongoing in Flint, Michigan concerning massive levels of lead in the drinking water, this is still the reality that the citizens of the town face every day.

Though progress is slow, the city has been working to raise water quality as well as providing support for the residents.

Despite the steps forward, the residents of Flint have suffered greatly during the two years of lead exposure and limited access to potable water.

One way that the state is seeking to correct these wrongs has been to name six state employees which the Michigan attorney general claims had a direct role in allowing the residents to be poisoned, unknowingly, for two years.

At a press conference on Friday, attorney General Bill Schuette said:

“Some people failed to act, others minimized harm done and arrogantly chose to ignore data, some intentionally altered figures … and covered up significant health risks.”

According to USA Today:

“Charged Friday were three employees of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality: Liane Shekter Smith, Adam Rosenthal, and Patrick Cook, as well as three others from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: Nancy Peeler, Corinne Miller, Robert Scott.”

Additionally, Schuette told the press that he would make sure that those responsible were held accountable.

Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at