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EPA to forgive $20.7 million in Flint water fund debt

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced the forgiveness of $20.7 in water debt incurred by the city of Flint. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. – The Environmental Protection Agency has announced the forgiveness of $20.7 in water debt incurred by the city of Flint.

The agency says it has agreed with the State of Michigan’s plan to forgive the city’s debt owed to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

According to the EPA, the decision will help the city, state and federal governments better cooperate in “protecting public health and improve the city’s water system” and puts those partners in line with President Trump’s 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

"Forgiving Flint’s past debt will better protect public health and reduce the costs associated with maintaining the city’s water system over time," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

Governor Rick Snyder stated his appreciation of the plan, saying "the loan forgiveness being extended to Flint will allow for funding to be spent on high priority infrastructure needs that maintain recent water quality improvements and address public health concerns."

Congressman Dan Kildee of Flint also praised the freeing of funding for “much needed investments,” stating that “ensuring Flint gets the resources it needs to recover from this man-made crisis continues to be one of my top priorities.”

The EPA has worked in partnership with the State of Michigan and the City of Flint to ensure that the water quality in Flint continues to improve.

According to the agency, the most recent test results show that lead levels in Flint’s water are well below the 15 parts per billion federal lead action level for lead.

Mayor Karen Weaver issued the following statement:

“This is good news. I thank the EPA for approving the plan to forgive $20.7 million in past Drinking Water State Revolving Fund debt owed by the City of Flint. We appreciate the EPA’s continued assistance as we work to recover from the water crisis. We have come a long way, but there is still much more work that needs to be done. With help and support like this from federal, state as well as local entities, Flint will indeed bounce back."

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