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People exposed to lead in Flint can now register for aid

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Residents who were exposed to poisonous lead that seeped into drinking water in Flint, Michigan can now sign up for a registry to help get connected with programs designed to minimize the negative health impacts.

Michigan State University (MSU) received a $3.2 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help set up and run the registry over four years.

Drinking water in Flint became contaminated with high levels of lead in 2014 after city officials changed the main water source to the Flint river.

The untreated water corroded the lead pipes, contaminating drinking water for most residents of the city.

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"The registry will allow residents to share how they are doing," a website for the registry states.

"In addition, the registry will evaluate the effectiveness of health, educational, environmental and community services that can improve the health and development of exposed participants."

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Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI), who represents Flint, praised the opening of the registry in a statement on Monday.

"“I am pleased to see this community resource become available for Flint families," he said. "The Flint Registry will help connect families affected by the water crisis with resources to help minimize the effects of lead exposure."

"In Congress, I fought alongside Senators [Debbie] Stabenow [D-MI] and [Gary] Peters [D-MI] for federal aid to fund this registry, and I continue to advocate for additional resources to help Flint recover."

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