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Official's email says shift to Flint River made too quickly

As the city of Flint, Michigan, prepared to begin drawing its drinking water from the Flint River, an official with the municipal water plant said his superiors were prodding him to move too quickly, an email released by the governor's office Friday shows.

"If water is distributed from this plant in the next couple weeks, it will be against my direction," Mike Glasgow wrote to officials with the state Department of Environmental Quality on April 17, 2014, when he was the plant's laboratory and water quality supervisor. He is now the city utilities administrator.

"I need time to adequately train additional staff and to update our monitoring plans before I...