600 Million Dollar Settlement In Flint Water Case

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If money is how government expresses sorrow for its crimes — this is a big apology.”

The state of Michigan has reached a settlement agreeing to pay $600 million to the victims of the Flint water crisis. Most of this money will be allocated to children in the city who were exposed to lead-contaminated water in their household pipes.

The details of this settlement will be officially announced on Friday, but according to EcoWatch, it is expected that tens of thousands of residents will be eligible for compensation, which is subject to approval by a federal judge in Michigan.

The settlement will be one of the largest in the state’s history, reports The Detroit News. “If money is how government expresses sorrow for its crimes — this is a big apology,” says Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech professor, and water expert who tested city water at Flint households and helped expose the lead contamination.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel have been in numerous negotiations over the last 18 months with lawyers representing thousands of Flint residents. The settlement is intended to resolve all legal actions against the state for its role in a disaster that made the impoverished, majority-Black city a nationwide symbol of governmental mismanagement, says AP.

The city of Flint had switched water sources back in 2014 from the city of Detroit to the Flint River to save money, but state environmental regulators had warned the city not to apply corrosion controls to the water which was contaminated with lead.

At the time, residents began to complain about discolored and foul-smelling water. Soon after that, residents reported skin rashes, but their concerns were ignored. Local pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha warned that abnormally high lead levels were appearing in children. Lead poisoning can severely harm brain development, reported The Washington Post.

While Flint resident’s water now comes from Lake Huron, many still continue to use bottled water. Researchers have assured residents there’s no longer lead in many homes, but pipe repairs still remain unfinished leaving residents skeptical to trust their water supply again.

  • John R.

    Why has no one gone to jail for this crime against the people of Flint ? White higher ups don’t do jail time . . .

    Remember Obama taking a drink of the water there and saying it’s just fine ? Now that’s really sticking up for the people, huh.

  • Edward Winslow

    No mention in the article about the condition of Flint’s water. Did the Criminals clean it up? Naturally, the perpetrators of this wholesale attack on citizens health face not even a single day in court–let alone jail. Flint is just one city in the US that has made headlines for its criminality. It is certain that their are thousands of Flint Michigans around the decaying and fetid US landscape.

  • iowapinko

    They should have presented that little bit of film history at the DNC convention, it is iconic.

    Virtually no corporate criminals are imprisoned in the U$, else the halls of Congress and the financial institutions and banks would be vacant.

    Problem is that our laws are written to promote/protect the villains and fleece the working classes, and they seem to be very effective.

  • iowapinko

    Makes me wonder how many of the chronic diseases affecting americans are the result of our poisoned infrastructure in combination with the ‘food’ produced through U$ corporate agriculture.

  • sabelmouse

    vaccines, water, food, air, not just in the americas.