$600 Million Settlement in Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

The Flint City Water Plant water tower is seen from behind a metals recycling facility. December 20, 2018. Image: Brittany Greeson/The Washington Post/Getty
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The Flint City Water Plant water tower is seen from behind a metals recycling facility. December 20, 2018. Image: Brittany Greeson/The Washington Post/Getty

Rashes, illnesses and, for some, elevated blood lead levels affecting brain development.

Flint, Michigan’s 25,000 children suffered the most from an unnecessary water crisis that pumped contaminated water through city taps between 2014 and 2016. 

And they will get almost 80% of a $600 million settlement announced by the state of Michigan yesterday, The New York Times reports.  

But the settlement, which still needs to be approved by a federal judge, is small comfort to parents worried about the contaminated water’s lasting effects on their children. 

For some adults, the settlement is a disappointment, according to USA Today.  

“I have seizures now, and because I'm an adult, I wouldn't probably get even $6,000. Who knows what my long-term health issues are going to be?” Shariff said.

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