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EPA establishes task force to help Flint switch water source

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established a task force to help Flint switch its drinking water source after lead problems prompted officials to declare a public health emergency.

The Flint Safe Drinking Water Task Force announced Friday will provide technical advice.

Task force members will be available to consult with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Flint on site.

The task force will also coordinate as necessary with federal, state and local public health agencies to assist with protection of public health.

Word of the task force comes after Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday approved $9.3 million in aid to address Flint's water crisis.

The city stopped getting its water from Detroit's system last year in a cost-cutting move, but has had trouble with water from the Flint River.

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