The state of Michigan announced this morning it has agreed to pay $600 million to Flint residents whose health has been afflicted over the last six years by lead-tainted drinking water.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (above) said in a statement that the money may still not be enough in some people’s minds.
“Many will still feel justifiable frustration with a system and structure that at times is not adequate to fully address what has happened to people in Flint over the last six years.”
She added that “healing Flint will take a long time, but our ongoing efforts and today’s settlement announcement are important steps in helping all of us move forward.”
Under the deal, the state is establishing the $600 million fund and Flint residents can file claims for compensation. The amount awarded per applicant would be based on how badly they were harmed.
Eighty percent of the money will go to people who were younger than 18 during the period when Flint was using river water.
“This settlement focuses on the children and the future of Flint, and the State will do all it can to make this a step forward in the healing process for one of Michigan’s most resilient cities,” she said in a statement. “Ultimately, by reaching this agreement, I hope we can begin the process of closing one of the most difficult chapters in our State’s history and writing a new one that starts with a government that works on behalf of all of its people.”