Peters Statement On President Obama Signing Emergency Declaration for Flint

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Gary Peters issued the following statement after President Obama signed an emergency declaration for Flint, Michigan. Yesterday, Senator Peters joined Senator Stabenow and Congressman Kildee in writing to President Obama in support of the State of Michigan’s request for federal assistance.

“ I am grateful that the President has declared a state of emergency to help ensure residents have immediate access to safe drinking water. However, the families of Flint, particularly the children, will suffer from the adverse health effects of lead exposure for years to come and face multiple challenges with the City’s future water transitions. I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress, the Administration and leaders on the ground in Flint to secure federal support for the residents of Flint, but the State of Michigan and Governor Snyder must step up and provide the necessary resources to deal with the long-term effects of water contamination.”