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Gov. Snyder announces new action plan for Flint

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Gov. Rick Snyder (Source: Michigan.gov) Gov. Rick Snyder (Source: Michigan.gov)
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Gov. Rick Snyder has announced new, 75-point comprehensive action plans he says will help resolve Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis in the coming years.

While on Capitol Hill last week, Snyder voiced his commitment to fixing the Flint water crisis.

“I’m so committed to delivering a permanent long-term solution and clean, safe drinking water that every Michigan citizen deserves. Our focus and our priority is on both short term health and long term safety,” said Snyder.

Several agencies are laying out short, intermediate and long-term goals that Snyder says will improve public health, deal with old infrastructure, support educational services and boost employment.

Short term goals include:

  • Plans to offer professional support for kids under six who have high lead levels.
  • Replace drinking water fixtures and faucets.
  • Build three new child health centers.
  • Add nine school nurses to Flint Community Schools.
  • Finalize a $5-and-a-half million capital theater project.

Intermediate goals include:

  • Start a Flint DEQ office for oversight and community engagement.
  • Work with the city to plan and prioritize lead service line removal.
  • Provide real-time notifications regarding disease report review and analysis.

Long term goals include:

  • Implementing a much higher standard than the U.S. lead and copper rule.
  • Coordinating information on a multi-agency basis to ensure water quality is maintained.
  • Providing kids under six with robust screening for behavioral health needs.
  • Helping 500 Flint residents achieve long term employment by 2017.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver offered this statement following the release of the governor's plan:

"I am glad to see the governor is thinking of ways to help Flint recover from the man-made water disaster. As I've said before, we didn't deserve what happened to us, but we definitely deserve the help and resources needed to repair the damaged that has been caused. As Mayor, my focus has always been moving the City of Flint forward and I also have identified plans on how to make it happen. I believe it first starts with replacing the pipes causing lead to leach into the water flowing to houses and businesses in Flint. That's what we need to restore the trust of residents living in this city, and start the process of healing and rebuilding. As the state recognizes, that healing and rebuilding must include making sure health needs are addressed through ongoing screening and additional health centers, making sure nutritious food is available in the city and accessible to families, expanding early education services for our youngest children, and training more Flint residents for long-term jobs. Flint residents have paid for this disaster with their health and the health of their children, and that must change. I am glad the governor has recommended a total of $232 million dollars in state resources to help the citizens of Flint, but we are still waiting for state lawmakers to appropriate $165 million of that amount. It will take all of that, plus additional funding from the federal government, to put us on the road to recovery."  

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