Flint, Michigan

Flint residents can sue federal government, judge rules

In this image, a man and a woman hold a connected chain of four rows of plastic water bottles while walking outside.
Protests during then-candidate Donald Trump's visit to the Flint Water Treatment Plant on September 14, 2016. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

A federal judge ruled on Thursday that Flint, Michigan residents can proceed with more than a dozen lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency and the federal government in connection with increased levels of lead in the city's water supply, CNN reports.

By the numbers: Fetal death rates jumped by 58% in Flint after the city's water was found to be contaminated with high levels of lead in 2014 and 2015, and fertility rates for women dropped by 12%, per a 2017 study. Fifteen state and local officials have been criminally indicted in connection with the Flint water crisis, 4 of whom were charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Elon Musk to donate nearly $500,000 for water filtration systems in Flint schools

Elon Musk holds a microphone in a crowd.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images.

After promising a contribution in July, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is donating $480,350 to purchase and install ultraviolet filtration systems in all 12 Flint, Michigan schools as well as the district's administration building by January 2019, according to Michigan Live.

The details: "The new water filtration systems will be instrumental in helping our students return to the normalcy of what should be a fundamental right: having access to safe, clean water from water fountains in their school," Flint Community Schools Superintendent Derrick Lopez told Michigan Live. The donation follows weeks of controversy surrounding Musk with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which cut him a deal to pay $20 million in fines and temporarily step down as Tesla chairman.