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Virginia Tech professor to oversee state, federal response to Flint water crisis

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Dr. Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech professor who helped uncover the Flint water crisis, will oversee responses to the disaster.

That include both state and federal responses over the next two years.

He will work with other staff from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to conduct water tests.

The work will be paid for by a $250,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, according to the foundation.

“With Dr. Edwards at the helm, this project will help restore public confidence in the long-term safety of our drinking water,” said Kathi Horton, President, Community Foundation of Greater Flint. “Flint families deserve to know what is happening and they need to hear it from people, such as Dr. Edwards, who have earned their trust.”

Edwards has 25 years of experience in water safety.

“The Flint community is in uncharted territory in terms of the disaster response,” Edwards said. “Virginia Tech helped reveal the Flint water crisis, and we are committed to providing apolitical and accurate scientific and technical support to all parties.”

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