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Snyder unveils next stage of Flint plans

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder
Gov. Rick Snyder

The next phase of Governor Rick Snyder’s plans for Flint include enforcing drinking water standards that are stricter than federal requirements.

Governor Snyder has complained the federal rule designed to keep lead and copper out of drinking water is confusing and difficult to follow.

He says a stricter state standard will benefit Flint and every community in Michigan.The governor’s plan does not call for getting rid of all lead water lines in the city, although Flint Mayor Karen Weaver called for that. But, at an appearance in Grand Rapids, the governor says it does need to eventually happen.

“The goal should be to get the lead service lines out,” he said. “I’ve also said that.”

The plan does call for replacing faucets and water lines in schools.

Meanwhile, Genesee County has sent a bill to the state for more than $1 million to reimburse the local government for its costs to deal with the water crisis.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.