Major Victory For Flint

EPA approves $100m for City of Flint to repair water system, another major victory in fight for clean water

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI), alongside Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) announced the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent approval of $100 million in federal funds to repair Flint’s crumbling water system on Friday, March 17.

The long-awaited funds are the result of a bipartisan agreement proposed by Stabenow, Peters and Kildee that was approved by Congress and signed into law by former President Barack Obama late last year.

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“Today, we have good news for families in Flint who have already waited far too long for their water system to be fixed,” Stabenow, Peters and Kildee wrote in a joint statement. “After a hard-fought victory to secure $100 million in assistance last year, the city of Flint will finally begin receiving funding to repair and replace the pipes.

“The people of Flint are strong and resilient, and we will continue to fight for the resources and assistance they need,” they continued. “It’s also past time for the state of Michigan to do everything in its power to meet its responsibilities to help the city recover from this man-made crisis.”

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Of the total amount, $51.5 million has been made immediately available for Flint to begin replacing lead service lines, making distribution main improvements and putting corrosion-control methods in place, according to a press release provided to Atlanta Black Star. About $20 million of that $51.5 million will come from the required state match and the other $31.5 million from government funds.

The EPA has already approved the remaining $68.5 million in federal emergency funding for Flint, but that money won’t be made available until both the city and state undergo additional public comment and technical reviews, the press release said.

After more than 1000 days Flint get funds to fix their water system. Why we needed to wait for 3 years to change that? And this is the most covered city with water problems, there are more places like Flint that don’t get any coverage. EPA is ineffective or simple doesn’t care about black cities.

 

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