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Gov. tasks board in wake of Flint water crisis

Posted: 8:33 AM, May 20, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-20 15:12:16Z
Gov. tasks board in wake of Flint water crisis

Gov. Rick Snyder is tasking a new board with eliminating children's exposure to lead across Michigan in the wake of lead-tainted water crisis in Flint.

The governor signed an order Friday creating the Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board. Michigan had a similar commission under a 2004 law that expired in 2010.

Snyder says the new board will focus on eliminating lead poisoning, not just reducing it.

Goals include testing more children, better investigating cases and improving lead-poisoning data.

Snyder's order stems from a recommendation made by a task force that determined his administration was primarily responsible for Flint's crisis, which occurred after the water source was switched in the impoverished city of nearly 100,000 residents.

Residents are still using bottled water and faucet filters amid the months-long public health emergency.