A federal judge on Wednesday approved a final $ 626 million settlement for Flint, Michigan residents affected by the city’s water crisis.
Compensation will be available to all Flint children who were exposed to the municipal water supply during the crisis, adults who can prove an injury, and some business owners. United States District Judge Judith E. Levy She said in its ruling that the payment of legal fees will be decided separately.
Most of the funds will come from the state of Michigan, which struck a $ 600 million deal with the victims in 2020.
“The agreement reached here is a remarkable achievement for many reasons, not the least of which is that it establishes a comprehensive compensation schedule and consistent timeline for each qualified participant,” Levy wrote in his paper. opinion.
“This is a historic and memorable day for Flint residents who will finally begin to see justice done,” Ted Leopold, a lawyer representing Flint residents, told reporters.
The crisis began in 2014 when state-appointed managers relocated Flint’s water source to the Flint River while a separate pipe for Lake Huron was being built. However, the water has not been treated to reduce corrosion, causing lead to infiltrate some pipes into the city’s distribution system. Flint has nearly 100,000 residents.
So what is the water system? blamed for an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Genessee County, with 90 people contracting the disease and twelve deaths.