A federal judge on Wednesday approved a settlement worth $626 million for victims of the 2014 lead water crisis in Flint, Michigan, in a case brought by tens of thousands residents affected by the contaminated water.
Flint’s troubles began in 2014 after the city switched its water supply to the Flint River from Lake Huron to cut costs. Corrosive river water caused lead to leach from pipes, tainting the drinking water and causing a Legionnaires’ outbreak.