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Mayor responds to remarks by state lawmaker on use of plastic pipes

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is responding to remarks by a state lawmaker who called the city's decision to refuse free pipes a "mistake."

In February, pipe manufacturer JM Eagle offered to give the city enough plastic pipes to replace every lead service line in Flint.

The city ultimately rejected the offer.

State Representative Joseph Graves said Michigan taxpayers will likely pay out millions of dollars as a result but Mayor Weaver says the city is still considering the offer.

“Product engineers we consulted raised concerns about the lifespan of the plastic pipes due to the harsh weather conditions we experience in Michigan,” Weaver said in a statement.

The mayor said the city has requested input from experts on the matter and is waiting to hear back.

Read the mayor's full statement here: 

“In our discussions regarding JM Eagle’s offer to provide the City of Flint with the plastic pipes it manufactures, product engineers we consulted raised concerns about the lifespan of the plastic pipes due to the harsh weather conditions we experience in Michigan. We are doing additional research on the difference between copper pipes and the pipes made of plastic. City officials have provided the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and other independent experts in the field with information about JM Eagle’s product and requested their input and recommendation. At this point, we are still waiting to hear back.

We are committed to proceeding with our effort to replace the city’s lead-tainted pipes using the most safe, durable and cost-effective products and materials. We plan to reach out to the leaders of JM Eagle to get feedback and clarity on the issues that have been identified.  In the meantime, we will continue to use copper pipes as we move forward with the next phase of the FAST Start initiative. However, we have yet to make a final decision on whether plastic will be used in the future as we work to replace all the lead-tainted pipes in the City of Flint.

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