HHS secretary visits Flint, announces $500,000 in funding

FLINT, Mich. – Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell visited Flint on Thursday to tour a health center and meet with local leaders about the city's lead-contaminated water.

For 18 months, Flint used the Flint River for drinking water. A lack of corrosion control in the water caused lead to leach from old plumbing.

During a press conference, Burwell said the government's role is to be supportive of the local efforts to get clean water for residents and to clearly understand what the damage has been and how to deal with it.

Burwell also announced that the Hamilton Community Health Network and the Genesee Health System would each be getting $250,000 in emergency funding for more testing, treatment, outreach, and education.

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