The Latest: Governor authorizes $30M for Flint water bills


FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has authorized spending $30 million in aid to help pay Flint residents’ water bills amid the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water.

Snyder signed the legislation on Friday in Flint, saying people shouldn’t have to pay for water they cannot drink.

The plan will pay for 65 percent of the water portion of the bills. That includes water used for drinking, cooking or bathing. Residents will still have to foot the sewage portion of their bills. The Republican-controlled Legislature had shot down Democrats’ efforts to double the aid to cover people’s entire water bills.

State regulators failed to require Flint to treat river water with anti-corrosion chemicals when its water source was switched in 2014, allowing lead to be scraped from aging pipes and into drinking water.

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8:45 a.m.

Two lawyers in Gov. Rick Snyder’s office urged his top aides to switch Flint back to Detroit’s water system only months after the city began using the Flint River, according to emails.

The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report Friday that Valerie Brader and Mike Gadola expressed concerns about Flint’s water in October 2014, citing E. coli and General Motors plant’s switch because the water was rusting engine parts. It was a year before the state helped Flint return to Detroit’s system after water leached lead from pipes into homes.

In emails to then-chief of staff Dennis Muchmore and others, Brader said it was an “urgent matter to fix.” Gadola, Snyder’s then-legal counsel, called the idea of using the Flint River as a water source “downright scary.”

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