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Senate Bill Passes To Aid Flint Water Crisis

By Alex Purcell

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The two-year-long dilemma in Flint, Michigan is finally beginning to look up.

According to New York Times, the citizens in Flint and other affected cities around the country will receive official government aid to combat the lead-contaminated water problem.

In 2014, Flint shifted its main water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Not long after, two studies both showed remarkable evidence of lead poisoning in the water systems. Several lawsuits have since been filed and an official state of emergency over public health concerns has been announced.

The Water Resources Development Act, which offers a plan to allocate future federal spending toward progressing water infrastructure in poor communities, was passed Thursday by the Senate with a bipartisan vote of 95-3.

Around $270 million will be spent to help the Flint citizens if the bill passes through the House. Michigan senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters have been advocating for funds for several months. The arrangements to support the water supply will force around $300 million in monetary cuts from the Energy Department research on advanced vehicle technology.

Whether or not the bill can pass through the House while providing the funds it promises is still up for debate.

To learn more, read the New York Times article HERE.