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A US district judge on Wednesday approved a $626 million settlement for Flint, Michigan, residents and others who were exposed to lead-contaminated water for more than a year, The Associated Press reports,

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The bulk of the settlement – $600 million – will come from the state of Michigan, following allegations that government officials repeatedly ignored the effects of diverting Flint’s water source to the Flint River in 2014, preventing the water from being treated properly. without contamination as a cost-saving step.

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