President Trump’s EPA has awarded a $100 million grant to the Michigan Department of Water Quality in an effort to help the state recover from the water crisis.
The Red Elephants reports that the money is a part of the WIIN Act which was approved in 2016 as a way for the EPA to supplement a state-federal partnership known as the EPA State Revolving Fund (SRF). With this grant the state will now be able to repair and upgrade its water infrastructure in undeserved areas like Flint, Michigan.
“The people of Flint and all Americans deserve a more responsive federal government,” said Scott Pruitt the EPA Administrator. “EPA will especially focus on helping Michigan improve Flint’s water infrastructure as part of our larger goal of improving America’s water infrastructure.”
Although this is a great first step for the city of Flint, there is still much more to be done. Recent EPA statistic show that the problem in Michigan is only getting worse as lead particulates have increased as much as 260% from March to November of 2016.
Karen Weaver, the Mayor of Flint, along with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder both released statements expressing their gratitude to the EPA for their continued efforts to improve water quality within the state. “
The City of Flint being awarded a grant of this magnitude in such a critical time of need will be a huge benefit.” said Weaver on Friday.
Governor Snyder said “I appreciate the EPA approving this funding to assist with Flint’s recovery,”
The state of Michigan will also have to contribute nearly $250 million as a part of the SRF partnership. This will be a small price to pay to ensure that those living in the state will have safe and clean drinking water for years to come.
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