Issue Brief 16-41
August 31, 2016

On January 16, 2016, the president declared a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan, in response to the exposure of thousands of residents to lead-contaminated drinking water. Since that time, federal agencies have taken steps to assist Flint residents, and numerous bills have been introduced to strengthen federal drinking water regulations and provide additional funding for lead poisoning prevention. This Issue Brief provides an overview of federal funding currently available to states for preventing lead poisoning and providing clean drinking water.