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Jury can't reach verdict in engineers' Flint water trial

The Flint Water Plant water tower in Flint, Mich.
Carlos Osorio
The Flint Water Plant water tower in Flint, Mich.

A judge has declared a mistrial in a dispute over partial liability for Flint, Michigan's lead-contaminated water.

DETROIT (AP) — The jury couldn't reach a verdict after hearing months of evidence against two engineering firms, Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews & Newman.

The firms were accused of not doing enough to get Flint to treat the highly corrosive water or to urge a return to a regional water supplier.

After hearing months of evidence, the jury began deliberations last month. Flint’s water became contaminated in 2014-15 because water pulled from the Flint River wasn’t treated to reduce the corrosive effect on lead pipes.

Veolia and LAN said bad decisions by state and local officials caused the crisis in the majority-Black city.

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