Snyder Says Flint Has Made Progress In Past Year

Sep 29, 2016

Flint Water Treatment Plant
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It’s been a year since Governor Rick Snyder acknowledged Flint faces a drinking water crisis due to lead contamination.  Snyder updated reporters Wednesday on what’s gotten better and what hasn’t.


The contamination occurred after state-appointed emergency managers carried out a plan to tap the Flint River as a temporary source of drinking water.  That decision would have disastrous consequences. 

A researcher says one of the lessons learned is there’s no guarantee that any water that’s traveled through a lead pipe is safe to drink without a filter. 

Governor Snyder says, in the past 12 months, the state has distributed filters, adopted a $234 million assistance package, and made better health care available to children exposed to lead.

“We’ve gotten a lot done, but there’s a lot more still to be done.” 

One of those things is adopting tough new lead standards.  Snyder says another is making changes to Michigan’s emergency manager law

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org