Flint official: fed funds important if more pipes need replacing

Dec 6, 2016

University of Michigan researchers say the number of lead water lines that need  replacement in Flint may be several times higher than expected. We get the thoughts of the East Lansing resident charged with coordinating the pipe replacement effort, Gen. Michael McDaniel.

There’s been a flurry of developments in the Flint Water Crisis in recent days, among them a projected increase in the number of lead service lines needing replacement. Last week, University of Michigan researchers bumped that number from 8,000 to 15,000 to around 29,000. If accurate, that would significantly impact the work of our next guest.

We talk with retired Brigadier General Michael McDaniel of East Lansing heads the Flint Fast Start Program. He coordinates the pipe replacement effort among the city of Flint and state and federal agencies.

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