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FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 file photo, hundreds of cases of bottled water are stored at a church in Flint, Mich. After months of national attention on lead-tainted drinking water in Flint, many are starting to ask questions about a 74-mile pipeline being built from Lake Huron to the struggling former auto manufacturing powerhouse. The $285 million project is rooted in political ambitions and long-simmering resentment toward Detroit, which for decades had near-total control of the city's water rates. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Flint is no longer going to get federal emergency aid for its water crisis


FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2016 file photo, volunteers load a vehicle with bottled water at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, in Flint, Mich. Flint?s lead-contaminated water crisis has affected all of the city?s nearly 100,000 residents, but some grapple with an extra challenge: A language barrier. Advocates residents who speak little or no English say some didn?t learn about the water problems - or need for filters - for months after the problems became known. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

The federal government will no longer send emergency aid to Flint, Michigan. It's now up to the state to pay for bottled water, filters and other supplies for residents dealing with contaminated water. 

State officials have stressed residents won't experience any loss of water services.

"August 14 is just a date on the calendar, and as Governor Snyder has said, we will make decisions based on science, not arbitrary dates," Capt. Chris Kelenske, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, said in a statement. 

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On January 16, President Obama declared a federal state of emergency in Flint. Since then, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has supplied the city with over 20 million liters of bottled water and 50,000 water filters. The federal government paid for 75 percent of those costs.

Now it's up to the state to pick up the tab, which according to Michigan Public Radio, could cost as much as $3.5 million per month.  

The aid was due to expire in April, but Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked for an extension.  

In March, an independent task force appointed by Snyder blamed the city's water troubles mostly on a state agency called the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The 116-page report described a "story of government failure, intransigence, unpreparedness, delay, inaction and environmental injustice."

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