LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The latest on Flint’s water crisis and efforts to fix the problem of lead in the drinking water(all times local):
Tom Gores, a Flint native and owner of the Detroit Pistons, is pledging to raise $10 million to address the short- and long-term needs of his Michigan hometown, where the drinking water is contaminated with lead.
Gores said in a statement Thursday he has appointed two associates to raise money from other business leaders and identify priorities in Flint.
Gores, who is chairman of Los Angeles-based Platinum Equity, also will contribute. He says Flint once was a “cornerstone of American industry,” and that people “from coast to coast” need to step up.
Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem and Platinum Equity partner Mark Barnhill will lead the effort.
Barnhill says the residents’ immediate needs are important but that long-term opportunities in Flint will also be explored, such as small business assistance.
The Michigan Legislature is poised to approve $28 million in additional funding to address the lead contamination of Flint’s water.
The emergency spending bill up for final voting Thursday includes money for more bottled water and filters and services to monitor for developmental delays in young children. The funds also will help the city with unpaid water bills and cover testing, monitoring and other costs.
It is the second round of state funding allocated since the lead contamination was confirmed in the fall.
State regulators permitted Flint to not treat water for corrosion after the city switched its supply in 2014. That allowed lead from old pipes to leach into the water.
Gov. Rick Snyder has promised to propose more funding for Flint in his upcoming budget proposal.
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