August 20, 2020

Thousands of Flint, Mich., residents whose drinking water was contaminated with lead will have access to a $600 million victims compensation fund announced Thursday.

Residents of Flint, one of Michigan’s poorest communities, ended up drinking lead-tainted water after city water resources were switched to untreated river water to save money in 2014. The ensuing crisis spurred widespread state and federal efforts to replace lead service lines in the industrial city, and cast light on the ongoing risk from lead pipes across the country.

After attorney fees and expenses, the bulk of the record-breaking Michigan settlement will go to children, who are at a higher risk than adults for development problems from lead exposure.

The outline of the deal would send 79.5% of proceeds to children, with 64.5% going to those ages six and under who were exposed to Flint water. Out of the city’s roughly 100,000 residents, up to 30,000 are children, said Theodore Leopold, partner with Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC and a plaintiff attorney involved with the negotiations.

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