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Flint may reconsider contract with firm being sued over water crisis

Michigan Radio

The allegations in a civil lawsuit may prompt the city of Flint to reconsider a contract with a firm hired to help it with its drinking water.

The city of Flint has paid Lockwood, Andrews and Newman, or LAN, nearly $3.5 million as it transitioned from Detroit water to the Flint River and back again.

In a civil suit filed this week, Michigan’s Attorney General accuses LAN of “botching” the job, with damaged pipes and lead tainted tap water the result.

Mayor Karen Weaver says it’s “absolutely unbelievable”.

“We do have a current contract with LAN and we’re going to be taking a serious, SERIOUS look at it,” says Weaver.

A LAN spokesman says the civil suit “blatantly mischaracterized” the company’s actions and vows to fight it in court.

Meanwhile, Veolia, the other company cited in the lawsuit, issued a statement saying the company “will vigorously defend itself.”

The lawsuit also names Leo A. Daly Company, which is LAN's parent company.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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