EPA Grants Flint Water System $100 Million

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March 20, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency has given the Flint, Mich. water system a $100 million grant to improve the system and make the drinking water safe.

Flint's water came to national attention after large quantities of lead and other metals were found in the city's water supply after switching water sources in order to save money. Now, the city has received the financial help that was approved in December, CNN reports.

The $100 million will be in addition to $250 million already allocated by the state of Michigan.

The new administrator of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, praised the grant to improve Flint's water in a statement.

"The people of Flint and all Americans deserve a more responsive federal government," the statement said. "EPA will especially focus on helping Michigan improve Flint's water infrastructure as part of our larger goal of improving America's water infrastructure."

Michigan's Republican Governor Rick Snyder also lauded the funds.

"Combined with the nearly $250 million in state funding already allocated, this will help keep Flint on a solid path forward," Snyder said. "It's great to see federal, state and local partners continuing to work together to help with infrastructure upgrades and pipe replacements for the people of Flint."

The EPA is slated for large budget cuts in President Donald Trump's budget proposal to Congress.

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