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Millions granted to Flint amid EPA cutbacks

Congress and former president Barack Obama had already approved the new money for Flint. the Environmental Protection Agency, which is being cut back by President Trump, signed off on it Friday. (WEYI)

Congress and former President Barack Obama had already approved the new money for Flint. The Environmental Protection Agency, which is being cut back by President Trump, signed off on it Friday.

It's a big win for city residents and Michigan’s congressional delegation.

According to new EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, who was just in Michigan on Wednesday, the money enables Flint to accelerate and expand its work to replace lead service lines.

It would also be used for other infrastructure improvements.

“The EPA will especially focus on helping Michigan improve Flint's water infrastructure,” said Pruitt.

Governor Snyder said combined with the nearly $250 million in state funding. This will help keep Flint on a solid path forward.

The Genesee County Sheriff and the Catholic bishop of Lansing also reacted to the news.

Flint's mayor Karen Weaver wasn't available for an on-camera interview but said in a statement that it's a huge benefit.

Mayor Weaver says it will give Flint what it needs to reach their goal of replacing 6,000 water pipes this year.

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