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Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Flint's 18000 Lead-Contaminated Water Lines Will Be Replaced by 2020

Flint's 18000 Lead-Contaminated Water Lines Will Be Replaced by 2020

"The people of Flint are owed at least this much", Chaudhary said.

Mays and three groups - Concerned Pastors for Social Action, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the American Civil Liberties Union of MI - filed the lawsuit in January 2016.

The state will allocate $87 million for the City of Flint to identify and replace at least 18,000 unsafe water lines in Flint by 2020 under a proposed settlement of a federal lawsuit that also provides the state with a road map to end free distribution of bottled water later this year. About a third of that money will come from aid the U.S. Congress approved past year. The cost could be as high as $97 million, with federal and state governments covering the bill. As part of an agreed settlement, MI will reportedly replace 18,000 aging and lead-contaminated pipes by 2020, The Washington Post reports.

A public participation plan submitted to EPA by the city in February included a timeline for the city to continue to gather information from potential water source providers throughout this month. It includes much of what a coalition of civil rights activists, religious leaders, and the National Resources Defense Council initially sought and would force Flint and MI to commit to long-term plans for rectifying the lead crisis.

In December 2016, Michigan's attorney general announced felony charges against two former Flint emergency managers and two other former city officials, saying, "All too prevalent in this Flint Water Investigation was a priority on balance sheets and finances rather than health and safety of the citizens of Flint".

"I'm feeling real good about it", he said before the hearing. At least one of her sons is immunocompromised, and she has an autoimmune disorder, she said. The Department of Environmental Quality failed to treat the corrosive water, which ate into the city's iron and lead pipes, causing lead to leach into the drinking water.

The next year, researchers and medical personnel discovered high levels of lead in Flint residents, especially children. Lead has been tied to a host of medical problems, especially in the nervous system.

On December 28, 2016, the District Court appointed a settlement master for the goal of mediating settlement discussions between Plaintiffs, the State, and the City. Flint has been without clean water since 2014, when the city switched its water source from Detroit River to Flint River.

An agreement for the state to expand the Community Outreach and Resident Education program to provide additional education, installation and maintenance of water filters and replacement cartridges.

The researchers from Virginia Tech said they found no detectable levels of lead in 57 percent of homes during the latest round of tests in the city.

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