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Michigan will receive $24 million a year to help rid Flint area homes of lead

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On Monday, federal authorities approved federal and state funding to help with led abatement in Flint. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a Michigan State Plan Amendment (SPA) aiming to reduce and eliminate hazardous lead in homes in or near Flint — according to a press release.

The effort will provide Michigan approximately $24 million every year for five years or until all homes within the SPA have are free of lead. 

“This approval is an unprecedented step for the state and federal government in helping Flint families protect their children from the risks associated with lead,” said U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dr. Nicole Lurie in the release. 

More from the press release:

The plan announced [Monday] will provide coordinated and targeted lead abatement services for eligible homes in the impacted area to ameliorate all lead risks, including: The permanent removal, or enclosure, or encapsulation of lead based paint and lead dust hazards from an eligible home; The removal and replacement of surfaces or fixtures within the eligible home (this may include water service lines and other fixtures identified during an environmental investigation as lead hazards); The removal or covering of soil lead hazards up to the eligible home property line; All preparation, lab sampling analysis, clean up, disposal, and pre and post-abatement paint, dust, soil and clearance testing activities associated with such measures including pre and post-water sampling; and, Training to ensure there is a sufficient number of qualified workforce to complete the lead abatement activities.

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