MI democrats plan to fix Flint's lead pipes

Posted at 9:12 AM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 09:12:51-05

The federal government could be picking up half the cost of replacing the lead water pipes in Flint.

Democratic U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are backing a plan to provide up to $400 million for the project, if the state matches that amount.

Senator Peters said, "It is a state responsibility first and foremost so they need to put in the first money. The federal government will supplement it because of the large amount but the state of Michigan needs to step up. The $400 million would come from the environmental protection agency."

The proposal includes another $200 million to test people in Flint for lead over the next 20 years. It also requires the EPA to notify the public if there are dangerous levels of lead in their water.

The Senators plan to attach it to an energy bill working its way through Congress. We'll be tracking it for you.