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Flint Water Crisis settlement: Key playmakers in the deal and what's next to come

More charges coming in Flint water crisis
Posted at 5:13 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-14 13:43:38-05

FLINT (WXYZ) — Sen. Carl Levin is one of two key dealmakers in the $600 million settlement in the Flint Water Crisis.

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Retired Sen. Levin and retired Circuit Court Judge Pam Hardwood are mediators, working on this for two years, on one side was the Michigan legislators who need to approved $600 million in taxpayer money.

Sen. Levin has chaired top U.S. Senate committees and helped shape U.S. history from 1979 to 2014. Now he's made Michigan history not easily done, with a big set of attorneys and their clients with lead poisoning and Legionnaires Disease and deaths on the other side.

Everybody says the people who win are Flint residents like Floyd Bell, who is raising two young grandsons under age 6 who have suffered with lead poisoning since their birth.

The settlement today is only with the state. Lawsuits are still pending against the city of Flint, the EPA on the federal level and engineering contractors.

Sen. Levin and Justice Harwood are still working as mediators in those remaining lawsuits.