Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Presidential visit

Obama will visit Flint, address water crisis Wednesday

President Barack Obama talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, April 4, 2016. PETE SOUZA


Detroit Free Press

President Barack Obama will travel to Flint on Wednesday to see the effects caused by a spike in lead levels in the drinking water there and address public health concerns and the government response to the crisis. A White House official confirmed last week that Obama will visit Flint to “hear firsthand from Flint residents about the public health crisis, receive an in-person briefing on the federal efforts in place … and deliver remarks to community members.”


House approves Great Lakes cleanup extension


In an effort to protect the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from spending cuts, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would authorize it through 2021. Despite being targeted for cuts of as much as 80 percent, the program has received $300 million a year since 2014. The bill would help prevent future efforts to redirect its cleanup money to other programs.


Wisconsin launches effort to replace lead pipes

WUWM Milwaukee

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced it will target low-income areas with $11.8 million in new grants to replace aging pipes made of lead that supply water to homes. The DNR said it will make money available to water utilities to subsidize or pay for replacement of homeowners’ portions of the lead service lines that run from the curb to the house.

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