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Several judges must yet approve $600 million settlement between state and Flint water victims

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Posted at 5:52 AM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 05:52:49-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Several judges must approve a proposed $600 million deal between the state of Michigan and Flint residents harmed by lead-tainted water.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the settlement is a step toward making amends.

Officials announced the settlement Thursday. It would establish a fund from which residents of the impoverished, majority-Black city could seek compensation.

Nearly 80% would go to children, whose nervous systems are especially vulnerable to lead.

Flint’s water was contaminated after the city switched its water source to the Flint River to save money in 2014 while under the control of a state financial manager.

State officials advised against measures that could have prevented the contamination.