In a class-action lawsuit filed Monday, residents and property owners in the Flint area are seeking $700 million in damages from the Environmental Protection Agency over the city’s water crisis. According to the lawsuit, “despite notice of the danger as early as October 2014, the EPA failed to take the mandatory steps to determine that Michigan and Flint authorities were not taking appropriate action to protect the public from toxic water.” Earlier this month, the lead content in Flint’s water dropped below the federal limit, nearly two years after it was first discovered that lead from older pipes had leaked into the city’s water supply. Michigan state authorities have been charged with crimes relating to the water crisis and how the state handled it.
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