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Flint Activist Doubts She'll 'Ever See Justice' After Charges Dropped

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FLINT, Mich.— Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says "justice delayed is not always justice denied." But not everyone is pleased with her staff's decision to drop criminal charges against eight people in the Flint water scandal while investigators keep digging.

Nessel says a "fearless" team still is on the beat. She issued a statement after the state solicitor general said the investigation would start anew with a cache of recently obtained records.

Flint activist Melissa Mays says she doesn't have confidence that "victims will ever see justice." She says her hopes have "definitely waned."

Flint used water from the Flint River that wasn't properly treated. The corrosive water unleashed lead, and bacteria were blamed for a Legionnaires' disease outbreak.

Prosecutors plan a town hall-style meeting with Flint residents on June 28.

The lawyer for Michigan's former health director says they feel "fantastic and vindicated" by the dismissal of charges in the Flint water scandal.

Chip Chamberlain acknowledged that Nick Lyon could be charged again as prosecutors start a new investigation. But Chamberlain says he's confident the probe "will yield no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing."

Lyon was head of the state health department until January. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter and accused of failing to timely inform the public about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease when Flint was using the Flint River in 2014 and 2015.

The water wasn't properly treated to reduce corrosion and lead leached from old pipes as a result. Tests also revealed bacteria.