Federal Judge Approves $626 Million Settlement to Flint Water Crisis Victims
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Federal Judge Approves A $626 Million Settlement to Flint Water Crisis Victims

Last week, a federal judge approved a $626 Million settlement for Flint Water Crisis victims. In 2014, the city of Flint switched its water supply to the Flint River from Lake Huron to cut costs. Unfortunately, corrosive river water caused lead to contaminate the drinking water, which caused an outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease.

The settlement reached here is a remarkable achievement for many reasons, not the least of which is that it sets forth a comprehensive compensation program and timeline that is consistent for every qualifying participant,” U.S. District Judge Judith Levy said in a 178-page order.

This Flint water crisis was one of the worst public health crises in our country. It shed light on the racial inequality in the U.S. The majority of Flint’s population is Black, and the lack of action taken in 2014 was disgusting. In addition, several lawsuits came from parents who learned of high blood levels of lead in their children. Lead [poisoning] can be toxic, and children are especially vulnerable.

Rick Snyder, former Michigan Governor, was charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty over the lead poisoning of drinking water in Flint. Younger claimants and those impacted the most will receive more significant portions of the settlement. Per the attorney general, this settlement will rank as the largest in the state’s history.

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