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Long-term money to help fight lead issues in Michigan

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Millions of dollars are coming to Michigan to help eliminate lead from homes. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a plan on Monday that uses federal and state money to expand lead removal in the Flint are as well as other areas in Michigan.

The funding allows the state to use approximately $24 million per year, for five years or until all homes are lead free.

While the state will prioritize the Flint area, it will also help high-risk individuals and targeted communities in Michigan as well.

“This approval is an unprecedented step for the state and federal government in helping Flint families protect their children from the risks associated with lead,” said Dr. Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), who is leading federal response efforts in Flint. “Removing lead in homes, including from pipes in homes, can greatly decrease the risk of future lead exposure and improve children’s health.”

President Obama declared an emergency in Flint, Michigan on January 16, 2016 and ordered federal aid efforts in response to the elevated levels of lead in the city’s water system.

The plan announced today will provide coordinated and targeted lead removal services for eligible homes in the impacted area to ameliorate all lead risks, including:

  • The permanent removal, or enclosure, or encapsulation of lead based paint and lead dust hazards from an eligible home;
  • The removal and replacement of surfaces or fixtures within the eligible home (this may include water service lines and other fixtures identified during an environmental investigation as lead hazards);
  • The removal or covering of soil lead hazards up to the eligible home property line;
  • All preparation, lab sampling analysis, clean up, disposal, and pre and post-abatement paint, dust, soil and clearance testing activities associated with such measures including pre and post-water sampling; and,
  • Training to ensure there is a sufficient number of qualified workforce to complete the lead abatement activities.

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