Flint violating terms of water crisis settlement, groups say

Flint violating terms of water crisis settlement, groups say
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A coalition of groups who sued the Flint, Mich., government over the city’s drinking water crisis says officials aren’t abiding by the terms of a settlement agreement that held off the case.

The groups say that since the March settlement, Flint officials have frequently failed to provide required extensive status updates on the progress toward replacing the lead pipes in the city of 100,000 that contributed to the water crisis, along with other steps officials agreed to take.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, American Civil Liberties Union Fund of Michigan and Concerned Pastors for Social Action made the allegations in a filing in federal court.

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“For nine months, the city has consistently violated the agreement’s disclosure provisions. The city has repeatedly provided late, incomplete, and inaccurate status reports,” the groups said in the filing.

“And it has routinely dragged its feet in responding to plaintiffs’ basic and concrete questions about how the city keeps records on its compliance and who maintains them.”

Furthermore, the lack of consistent disclosures makes it difficult for the litigants to judge whether the city is abiding by other terms of the settlement meant to protect residents from lead exposure.

The groups are asking Judge David Lawson, who is overseeing the case, to order the city to improve its reporting.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver reiterated her commitment to resolving the crisis in a statement responding to the motion.

“The City of Flint remains committed to replacing all lead and galvanized water service lines leading to homes in Flint,” she said. “It is important to note, nothing in the motion filed yesterday jeopardizes, in any way, the City’s efforts or the funding commitments included in the settlement agreement for service line replacements.”