Finally, after three years of waiting for SOMETHING substantial to happen, Flint is receiving financial assistance from the Michigan state government.
Yeah, remember that time Flint's water was completely undrinkable and the governor, who messed everything up, refused to help the majority Black city after his negligence surfaced? Oh, wait, it’s still like that. STILL.
A federal judge approved a settlement in which the state will pay $87 million to the city to find and replace at least 18,000 unsafe water lines by 2020, according to the Detroit Free Press. The deal also requires Michigan to hold an additional $10 million in reserve, in case it’s needed, in addition to the initial payout.
The plaintiffs who brought the suit forward in 2016 will be rewarded $895,000 to cover their litigation costs. They also will not receive door-to-door bottled water delivery to the extent they requested.
"In my view the settlement agreement is fair, adequate, reasonable and consistent with the public interest and it furthers the objectives of the safe water drinking act," U.S. District Judge David Lawson said from the bench. "I believe it is in the best interest of the citizens of Flint and the citizens of the state of Michigan."
Concerned Pastors for Social Justice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Michigan ACLU and Flint resident Melissa Mays subsequently all had their cases dismissed because of the ruling.
The settlement also will require a schedule for water line replacements to be issued while the state gets a schedule for weaning Flint off the community resource stations where water filters, bottled water and filter replacement cartridges are currently being distributed for free. Those centers could close as early as September 1, subject to test results on the city’s tap water.
“This settlement continues the state’s commitment to providing the resources necessary for the residents of Flint to recover from the crisis, including health care services, nutritional food and replacement of lead service lines throughout the city,” Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said via a news release.
Yeah, Rick. You really cared so much that the state had to be sued to get Flint the resources they needed. There isn’t any room for your crooked words anyway.