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Legislative panel takes a broader view of Flint water crisis

Mark Brush
Michigan Radio
The city of Flint has replaced more than 30 transmission lines since the beginning of the year

A legislative panel investigating the Flint water crisis will hear a report tomorrow about how serious the problem might be in the rest of the state.

The Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association and Public Sector Consultants released a report last month on Michigan’s water infrastructure. 

Mike Nystrom with MITA says the report found Michigan is up to a half billion dollars short annually of what it should spend on water infrastructure.

“That’s why communities across the state are concerned…at the local level…that they might be the next Flint or something similar to that,” says Nystrom.

Earlier this year, Gov. Snyder created an advisory commission to study the state’s infrastructure needs.  Its recommendations are due at the end of the year.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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