Michigan To Pay Nearly $100 Million In Flint Lawsuit Settlement

Michigan To Pay Nearly $100 Million In Flint Lawsuit Settlement

Michigan To Pay Nearly $100 Million In Flint Lawsuit Settlement

Under the deal approved Tuesday, Flint will be responsible for replacing lead and galvanized-steel lines that bring water into homes.

A judge approved a settlement with the state of MI today that will come as welcome news to thousands of residents: at least 18,000 homes in Flint will have their toxic water pipes replaced over the next three years. The cost could be as high as $97 million, with federal and state governments covering the bill.

Under the settlement, they will get a schedule for water line replacements while the state gets a schedule for weaning Flint off the community resource stations where bottled water, water filters and filter replacement cartridges are now distributed free of charge.

The City of Flint has agreed to a timeline stipulating they will have replaced pipe lines in a minimum of 6,000 households by 2018, 12,000 by the next year and finally all 18,000 households by 2020, according to the settlement.

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Flint leaders have said the lead level of the city's water supply has been reduced since the city switched back to Lake Huron, but they still urge residents to install water filters in their homes.

"In my view the settlement agreement is fair, adequate, reasonable and consistent with the public interest and it furthers the objectives of the safe water drinking act", U.S. District Judge David Lawson said from the bench. "We need to show the state that our residents are paying for services the city is providing.

The people of Flint are owed at least this much", said Dimple Chaudhary, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and lead counsel in the case Concerned Pastors for Social Action v. Khouri.

Finally, after three years of waiting for SOMETHING substantial to happen, Flint is receiving financial assistance from the MI state government. To this day, thousands of residents are still forced to rely on bottled water and home water filters for drinking, cooking and bathing.

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The State to guarantee funding for seven existing health and medical programs created to mitigate the effects of lead exposure for Flint residents.

Lead is not just a problem in Flint, and the crisis in the working-class, majority-Black city brought national attention to lead contamination in other cities across the country, fueling the movement for environmental justice. As a result, lead leached from old pipes and fixtures.

Flint will shut off water service to 31 residential customers with delinquent accounts, officials said Thursday.

And while Overton did lash out at the state for its past actions, saying "they told us our water was safe when they knew it wasn't", he said it's time for the bitterness to end.

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