The state of Michigan will pay $600 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Flint residents after city officials followed the state’s advice to not treat lead-tainted drinking water properly, damaging the health of thousands of residents.
Flint residents were supplied lead-tainted water after the city switched to untreated river water in 2014 to save money.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel worked to achieve the best possible settlement for Flint families.
“What happened in Flint should have never happened, and financial compensation with this settlement is just one of the many ways we can continue to show our support for the city of Flint and its families,” she said in a statement.
About a third of the settlement money, or about $200 million, will go to pay attorneys’ fees. A vast majority, 79.5% of the remaining money, will go to children affected by the lead drinking water.