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The Environmental Protection Agency is giving the state of Michigan $100 million to improve Flint’s drinking water infrastructure.  This has been an on-going situation for more than a year, now.  People in Michigan deserve healthy, clean, and safe water.

Flint’s water became dangerously contaminated with lead and other toxins after the city switched sources to cut costs more than two years ago. President Trump may not believe that human interactions may affect the environment, but this is proof that is happens.  Public water is now deemed unsafe.  This forced thousands of residents to rely on bottled water for months on end.

What happened in Michigan

Last December, then-President Barack Obama called on Congress to provide emergency funds for the city. People deserve protection under the law by elected officials.  The purpose of the government is to protect the rights of its citizens.  Therefore, Obama signed the funding into law. The EPA then had to review a plan detailing how Flint intended to use the money.  Now, the EPA is under attack.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said the state had already allocated nearly $250 million to fix the issue. Now, the state is providing an additional $20 million to match the EPA grant.  But, is this enough?  Throwing money at problems is not the same as solving them.  American people need solutions.

Much of this money will go toward replacing lead service lines that contributed to the water contamination.  Removing funds from the EPA may diminish publish relations.  Further, it may harm the government’s ability to solve major problems with health and science.

In a press release, new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said, “The people of Flint and all Americans deserve a more responsive federal government.” We all need a government that is “for the people and by the people.”  The environment is real, and so are its issues.

It’s worth noting the EPA’s budget may soon face big cuts. The Trump administration has proposed slashing funding for the department by 31 percent.   Whether that happens depends on the public response to the senators.  Call you local senator if you want Michigan and all states to be safe from harmful pollutants.

Cover- Lindsay Gloor

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