By Ed White The Associated Press Fri., Jan. 18, 2019 DETROIT—Michigan’s attorney general in 2016 promised to investigate “without fear or favour” the scandal over Flint’s lead-tainted drinking water and pledged that state regulators would be locked up for fudging data and misleading the public. Yet three years later, no one is behind bars. Instead, seven of 15 defendants have pleaded no contest to misdemeanours, some as minor as disrupting a public meeting. Their records eventually will be scrubbed clean. That has angered some people in Flint who believe key players who could have prevented the lead disaster are getting off easy. Four of five people at the state Department of Environmental Quality who were on the front line of the crisis have struck deals. The remaining cases mostly centre on a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease and early disastrous decisions to use water from the Flint River. “I’m furious … [Read more...] about Three years later, no one is in jail over Flint tainted water
Tainted drinking water
SINGAPORE: A brand of bottled drinking water imported from Malaysia has been recalled after a bacteria was found during a routine sampling of the product, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said on Saturday (Sep 8). AVA said in a news release that pseudomonas aeruginosa, a common environmental bacteria that can be found in faeces, soil, water and sewage, was found in samples of Guang Li Liang bottled drinking water. The bacteria can multiply in water environments and also on the surface of suitable organic materials in contact with water. Consuming products contaminated with this bacteria can cause a range of infections, although it rarely leads to serious illness in healthy individuals, AVA added. The recall implicates batch number 18228 of Guang Li Liang bottled water with expiry dates of Aug 4, Aug 26 and Aug 29, 2020. The batch number and expiry date are printed on the bottle. The product was imported … [Read more...] about AVA recalls tainted bottled water from Malaysia over bacteria fears
By Alex Ballingall Ottawa Bureau Fri., Aug. 3, 2018 KITIGAN ZIBI, QUE.—A green dot. That’s the symbol the federal government uses for this First Nation in the Gatineau River Valley. An online map that tracks one of the Liberal administration’s signature pledges — to rid First Nations of warnings that their tap water is dirty and unsafe — marks Kitigan Zibi with a green dot, like a traffic signal, indicating Mission Accomplished. Go ahead. Drink the water. Except half the community still can’t. “My kids never drank from the tap,” said Celine Brozeau-Ottawa, the local health and safety technician who tests the water for the First Nation located about a two-hour drive north of Canada’s capital, directly beside the Quebec town of Maniwaki. Even with a new, multimillion-dollar water system, hundreds of people in Kitigan Zibi remain under a do-not-consume order that has persisted since 1999. Article … [Read more...] about What if Ottawa spends $2B on water for First Nations and it still isn’t safe for everyone to drink?
BEIJING: At first glance, it may seem like just a black truck filled with bottles of water, but a closer look reveals a darker — or rather murkier — side to what's sloshing around inside. Its cargo of more than 500 bottles of Nongfu Spring, a ubiquitous Chinese brand, filled with contaminated drinking water from the village of Xiaohaotu in China's northwest Shaanxi province is being driven around Beijing as a reminder of the costs of the country's rapid economic development. The mobile exhibition, created by "Nut Brother" — an artist known for advocacy work on environmental and social issues — was created in defiance after his initial show was shut down. Shocked by Shaanxi's dirty drinking water during a work trip to the province in May, the 37-year-old enlisted the help of villagers to fill 9,000 empty Nongfu bottles and brought them back to Beijing, where they were installed in a museum. The exhibition caught the attention of Nongfu Spring Company and two … [Read more...] about Tainted water exhibition roves around Beijing after initial shutdown
By Star Editorial Board Tues., May 15, 2018 There’s lots that’s fleeting in the daily torrent of news. Some stories are skipped entirely. Some are merely scanned. But some touch the heart and linger long after the reading’s done. The Star’s Paul Hunter produced once such tale last weekend, the story of a former OPP officer who, as a result of the poisoned water in Walkerton, Ont., almost two decades ago, suffered a long, lonely decline, becoming a prisoner in his bed and body until his physician-assisted death on May 1. Robbie Schnurr, who died at 71, had also been a fire marshal investigator, an athlete, a martial artist, a bon vivant who chased the ladies in his prime with the same zeal he pursued biker gangs. Among other things, the story of his dying offers a timely caution about what can occur when government regulation is considered nothing but red tape and when cutting costs is done recklessly. His death provides a searing … [Read more...] about Walkerton’s tainted water tragedy provides lessons for the Ontario election campaign