According to the New York Times, Michigan is expected to pay approximately $600 million to victims of the Flint water crisis. The Flint area has been in a state of crisis for six years after officials changed the water supply, which led to the water supply being subjected to lead chemicals.

The settlement money will be designated mostly for children who were poisoned by the water. Details of the settlement have not yet been released but over ten thousand residents are expected to be eligible for payment.

Source: CBS This Morning

The change in water supply in 2014 began as a cost-saving measure that quickly turned into a national news story and crisis. Officials changed the water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Officials also didn’t account for or add corrosion controls to the water, which meant lead and other chemicals leached into the already lower quality supply.

The water source has been switched back to Lake Huron, but many issues remain in the system. Many children tested positive in 2014 and 2015 for higher levels of lead in their blood. In Flint, it’s common to use bottled water for cooking, drinking, and bathing even as the government has taken steps to help residents.

Read more about Flint, including Elon Musk’s new water filtration system for the city and Jaden Smith’s activism in Flint.

Sign this petition to Demand that the EPA Stop the Coal Industry from Contaminating Our Water Supply!

For more Animal, Earth, Life, Vegan Food, Health, and Recipe content published daily, subscribe to the One Green Planet Newsletter! Also, don’t forget to download the Food Monster App on iTunes — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! Lastly, being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!