The Latest: EPA collecting data on Flint water lead levels

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Posted: Mar 01, 2016 5:59 PM

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan (all times local):

5:55 p.m.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy says data is being collected on the levels of lead in Flint's water system.

She told reporters Tuesday after touring a food bank in the city that the agency expects to be able to share its findings in April. McCarthy said that "hopefully, by next month" the EPA will "be able to give people news."

Flint was under state financial control in 2014 when officials switched its water service from Detroit's system to the Flint River. But state officials did not require Flint to add anti-corrosive chemicals when the city began drawing water from the river.

The water caused lead to leach from aging pipes and water lines into some homes. Tests have shown high lead levels in some Flint children.

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2 p.m.

A benefit for residents affected by lead-contaminated water in Flint has raised nearly $156,000.

Blackout for Human Right's #JusticeForFlint said Tuesday about 2,000 people attended the event.

Filmmaker and founding Blackout member Ryan Coogler says more than 4,000 people sent in online donations. Coogler directed the film "Creed."

Blackout is a collective that addresses human rights violations.

The fundraiser held Sunday — Oscar night — was attended by Coogler, director Ava DuVernay, singer Janelle Monae and other celebrities.

Flint, north of Detroit, was under state financial control in 2014 when it switched from Detroit's water system to the Flint River to save money. Corrosive water from the river leached lead from old water lines into some home.

Tests have shown high lead levels in some Flint children.

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1:05 p.m.

The state of Michigan says water tests at hundreds of Flint homes show 91 percent were below an important benchmark for lead.

The results from so-called sentinel sites will help authorities decide when Flint residents can resume using unfiltered water.

Gov. Rick Snyder says the latest tests occurred at 423 sites. He says 386 were below 15 parts per billion for lead. Eight samples exceeded 100 parts per billion.

Home filters distributed to Flint residents are good for up to 150 parts per billion of lead.

Results announced last week from 175 sites showed 89 percent were below the lead action level. Flint has problems because corrosive water from the Flint River leached lead from old plumbing.