DEMOCRAT NATIONAL CONVENTION DAY 4
FLINT MICHIGAN WATER CRISIS SETTLEMENT
$600M Deal in Flint Water Crisis
FLINT MICHIGAN WATER CRISIS SETTLEMENT
Michigan will pay $600 million to compensate Flint residents whose health was damaged by lead-tainted drinking water,
After the city heeded state regulators’ advice not to treat it properly, an attorney involved in the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Details will be released later this week,
According to the attorney, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about it ahead of an official announcement.
The settlement was first reported by The Detroit News, MLive.com and WXZY-TV.
It is intended to resolve all legal actions against the state for its role in a disaster that made the impoverished,
Majority-Black city a nationwide symbol of governmental mismanagement, the attorney said.
NEGOTIATIONS ONGOING FOR 18 MONTHS
The offices of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel have been negotiating for more than 18 months,
With lawyers for thousands of Flint residents who have filed suits against the state.
Ryan Jarvi, a spokesman for Nessel, declined to confirm the reports of a deal Wednesday night.
“We and the other parties are bound by a federal court order to maintain the confidentiality of detailed settlement,
And mediation communications until we reach a certain point,” Jarvi said.
“We have not yet reached the point where we can discuss a potential settlement.”
Flint switched its water source from the city of Detroit to the Flint River to save money in 2014,
While under control of a state-appointed emergency manager. State environmental regulators advised Flint,
Located about about 70 miles (112.65 kilometers) north of Detroit,
Not to apply corrosion controls to the water, which was contaminated by lead from aging pipes.
Residents of the city with a population of nearly 100,000 people used bottled water quickly began complaining that the water was discolored and had a bad taste and smell.
They blamed it for rashes, hair loss and other health concerns, but local and state officials insisted it was safe.
RESEARCHERS FOUND THE HIGH LEVELS
Researchers with Virginia Tech University reported in summer 2015 that samples of Flint water had abnormally high lead levels.
Shortly afterward, a group of doctors announced that local children had high levels of lead in their blood and urged Flint to stop using water from the river.
Then- Gov. Rick Snyder eventually acknowledged the problem,
Accepted the resignation of his environmental chiefand pledged to aid the city, which resumed using Detroit water.
Residents used bottled water for drinking and household needs for more than a year.
Researchers said in late 2016 that lead was no longer detectable in many homes.
Lawsuits are being overseen by U. S. District Judge Judith Levy, who would have to approve the settlement.
Under the deal, the state would establish a $600 million fund and Flint residents could file claims for compensation.
The amount awarded per applicant would be based on how badly they were harmed.
80% OF SETTLEMENT FOR THE YOUNGER CLAIMANTS
It calls for devoting 80% of the money, to people who were under age 18 during the period when Flint was using river water.
If approved, the settlement would push state spending on the Flint water crisis over $1 billion.
A MIchigan has pumped more than $400 million into replacing water pipes,
Purchasing filters and bottled water, children’s health care and other assistance.
Other suits are pending against Flint, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and private consultants that advised the city on water issues.
2023 GOAL FOR VENUS LANDING
Rocket Lab aims to launch private Venus mission in 2023
2023 GOAL FOR VENUS LANDING BY PRIVATE COMPANIES
There may be life in Venus’ clouds, and Rocket Lab wants to help find it.
The California-based spaceflight company, which gives small spacecraft dedicated rides to Earth orbit,
Aims to go interplanetary soon, with a robotic astrobiology mission to the second rock from the sun.
“I’m madly in love with Venus,” Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck said on Aug. 5,
During a company update and Q&A session livestreamed on YouTube.
“I’m working very hard to put together a private mission to go to Venus in 2023.”
Life in the Venusian skies?
Beck’s love springs in part from the lessons we can learn from Venus,
Which he described as “Earth in a climate-change disaster.”
But a bigger motivator is Venus’ astrobiological potential.
Venus was a temperate world in the ancient past, with rivers, lakes and oceans that may have lasted for billions of years at a time.
Then came the climate-change disaster:
A runaway greenhouse effect transformed Venus’ surface into a bone-dry hellscape with crushing atmospheric pressures,
And temperatures hot enough to melt lead.
But life on Venus, if it ever existed, may have found refuge in the sky.
Many scientists believe that potentially habitable pockets persisted in Venus’ atmosphere for long stretches, likely into the present day.
About 30 miles (50 kilometers) up, for example, temperatures and pressures today are similar to those on Earth’s surface.
It is this aerial environment that Rocket Lab plans to target with the 2023 mission.
“We’re going to learn a lot on the way there,
And we’re going to have a crack at seeing if we can discover what’s in that atmospheric zone,” Beck said.
“And who knows? You may hit the jackpot.”
CLINTS THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Do a good deed because it’s the right thing to do.
Not because you want people to know you did.