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Flint water crisis lawsuit settlement on city council agenda

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Michigan Radio

On Monday night, the Flint city council is scheduled to discuss a settlement of lawsuits linked to the city’s water crisis.

Between 2014 and 2015, improperly treated river water caused Flint’s drinking water to become contaminated with lead.

The Flint city council is scheduled to meet behind closed doors to discuss the city contributing $20 million to a $641 million settlement. The council may also vote on the plan when it meets.

Tens of thousands of Flint residents would be eligible to apply for a share of the settlement. Roughly 80% of the money is earmarked for children who were under the age of seven at the time of the crisis. Young children are among those most at risk from exposure to lead. 

It is up to a federal judge to decide whether to accept the proposed settlement.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.