As a result of the ongoing health and safety issues caused by elevated levels of lead in the City of Flint’s water, Governor Rick Snyder on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for Genesee County. The declaration makes available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery operations. “The declaration not only makes available state resources to Flint, it also provides a path for the Governor to seek federal assistance from FEMA if he deems it necessary. Additionally, it should provide for better collaboration between local and state officials, with the goal of creating short-term and long-term solutions for the residents of Flint,” explained Tony Des Chenes of MLC. Furthermore, the governor activated the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the state’s response and recovery activities. Two local emergencies have been declared over the contaminated water; one in Genesee County on January 4 and one in the City of Flint on December 14, 2015. For more information, please visit Michigan.gov/FlintWater.
In addition, it was announced this week that the United States Attorney’s Office is working with the United States Environmental Protection Agency on an investigation regarding the Flint water crisis, however no further details were given.
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