(AP) The lead-contaminated metal that was used to make steel for nearly a century in a major industrial city is being recovered in an industrial infuser that once was part of the Flint, Detroit and Oakland Co. facilities, state officials said.
In a statement Tuesday, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said Michigan officials are working to recover and destroy any contaminated equipment in Flint, including the industrial infusers and a large steel mill in Oakland County that once used the Flint water supply.
“We continue to believe that we have identified, recovered and destroyed all of the potentially contaminated materials in Flint,” Johnson said.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver told reporters she is working with Flint water utility Flint Water and the Department of Environmental Quality to determine how to proceed.
She said a team is being assembled in Oakland to review the process.
State officials said they will soon begin inspecting the Flint mill.
A toxicology report released Monday said samples of the steel found in Flint’s water treatment plant were positive for lead.
State officials have been trying to stop Flint from using lead-tainted water for months, and it was one of the major contributing factors in the city’s water crisis.
Lead poisoning kills more than 400,000 children in the U.S. every year.
The state has not found a link between Flint’s lead-water crisis and the contaminated water that residents are now using.
State and federal authorities have been working to address the contamination of the water supply with millions of dollars in aid.
A federal judge ordered Michigan to stop using the Flint River as a drinking water source in January, saying the city failed to comply with federal regulations and the judge did not have the authority to block the governor from using the river for its water supply until the state and other states comply with the court order.