A judge has approved a deal between the state of Michigan, the city of Flint, several Flint-based pastors, and the American Civil Liberties Union, has resulted in the state paying $87 million to replace lead-tainted pipelines with galvanized steel pipes.
A Michigan health official has been sentenced to a year’s probation for not telling the public about an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease during the Flint water contamination scandal. Nearly 100 people fell ill during the outbreak and twelve people died.
It has been over 1,000 days since Flint, Michigan switched its drinking water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River, resulting in a public health crisis that has yet to be adequately addressed, residents and experts say.
Michigan’s attorney general has filed charges against four more people involved in the decisions that led to the Flint water crisis, including felony counts with multiple 20-year sentences, citing a fixation on finances and “numbers over people.”
US military veterans who backed Native American tribes in protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through the Standing Rock Sioux water source may be headed to Michigan next, where the city of Flint is still dealing with lead in the water.