Judge approves plan on fix for 18000 Flint water lines

Judge approves plan on fix for 18000 Flint water lines

Also, it must set aside a further $10 million in federal funds for potential cost overruns. And it requires the state to pay $895,000 to the plaintiffs who brought the 2016 lawsuit, to cover their litigation costs.

A top executive with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the agency is following widely accepted protocols when handling the Flint water crisis.

U.S. District Judge David Lawson approved the $97 million settlement MI and the city of Flint proposed. "I believe it is in the best interest of the citizens of Flint and the citizens of the sate of MI". Pipes leading to almost 800 homes have been replaced so far. A portion of that money-$30 million-will come from the $100 million Congress approved for Flint previous year, which the city received March 17. The crisis began when Flint tap water was contaminated with lead and other toxins after the city switched water sources as a cost-cutting measure in 2014. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has acknowledged it failed to require needed corrosion-control chemicals as part of the treatment process.

Thousands of Flint residents are still forced to rely on bottled water or home water filters due to the city's tainted water supply.

"The Flint Water Crisis has its roots in the state's toxic emergency manager law and is a tragic example of what happens when state government displaces democracy to save a few bucks".

Jones also reportedly said there are "considerable questions around the ... water at the tap" in a meeting of the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee last month.

The city also will continue to test for lead every six months up until one year after all pipes are replaced, AP reported, and an independent monitor will be required to check household water samples for elevated lead levels.

Door-to-door water bottle delivery was left out of the lengthy agreement, which is what the Concerned Pastors were originally after.

There is potential for some to close this summer, depending on demand.

April will be the first month without the state credit.

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-The state will expand its program of water filter education, installation and maintenance.

Flint will replace at least 18,000 lead or galvanized-steel water lines by 2020, and the state will pick up the bill with state and federal money, according to the settlement filed in federal court.

-The state will continue its Medicaid expansion for Flint residents - covering pregnant women and children younger than 21 up to 400% of the poverty level - through March 2021.

MI will also continue to provide funding for seven medical programs that were set up to monitor and treat effects from lead exposure.

"We are working to get some assistance for those who really can't afford to pay their utility bills", Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said Thursday in a statement. "We are fighters", said Mays, noting a lot of work still lies ahead. For the first time, there will be an enforceable commitment to get the lead pipes out of the ground.

And that will finally happen, she said, because there's a court order saying it has to happen, and the plaintiffs will be there to make sure it does.

"It does not resolve everything".

"We took the matter into our own hands", Overton said.

"I don't have time to beat up on the governor", Overton said.

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