Flint’s Federal Emergency Declaration Soon To Expire, But Much Work, Support Still Necessary
Federal, state and local officials say they remain committed to fixing Flint's drinking water system.
Feds Vow Support For Flint Despite Lapsing Disaster Declaration
President Obama in January signed a disaster declaration for Flint in light of the drinking water crisis in the city. That declaration meant the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) committed to paying 75 percent of the costs associated with some of the aid efforts there. The declaration expires on Aug. 14, but the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday said that deadline wouldn’t be the end of their support for the city. (Henry, 8/3)
The Associated Press:
Officials: Flint Water Efforts Remain After Declaration Ends
Federal, state and local officials said Wednesday that they will remain committed to fixing Flint's drinking water system after a federal emergency declaration over the city's lead crisis expires this month. The declaration ends Aug 14, after which the state will bear the full cost of bottled water, filters and other water supplies being given to residents in the wake of tests that showed elevated levels of lead in the blood of some local children. But officials said federal resources, health programs and monitoring efforts will remain in place. (8/3)