Erin Brockovich is a former legal clerk and clean-water advocate who was made famous by Julia Roberts’ Oscar-winning portrayal of her in the 2000 film that shares her name. Brockovich helped citizens of Hinkley, California fight California Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) after unsafe levels of the carcinogen Chromium 6 were found in their water. Brockovich told Business Insider that she’s “funny” about her own drinking water. She offered a few tips for how to determine if your tap water is safe to drink and what to do when it’s not. If tap water looks like the colour of “light pee,” Erin Brockovich refuses to drink it. The self-billed “water gal” made a name for herself fighting California Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) in 1996, when Chromium-6 leeched into tap water in the Mojave Desert. The legal case ended with a $US333 million settlement. At low-level concentrations, the cancer-causing chemical can turn clear … [Read more...] about Erin Brockovich is warning about an emerging drinking-water crisis in the US. Here’s how she recommends you protect yourself.
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At 4:30 p.m. on October 1, Lan, a 6th grade student in Hanoi’s Thanh Xuan District, slams open her house door. She runs into the toilet and is inside for almost 10 minutes, not bothering to greet her family. "I didn’t go the whole afternoon," Lan explains while washing her hands. Linh, her mother, is completely unsurprised: "It happens a couple of times a month." Lan has cultivated the habit of not using the washroom at school because she does not have the patience to wait and also fear. Her floor has toilets for both sexes. The girls’ bathrooms have three toilets and a big shower room for changing clothes and washing up after PE class. But three toilets are far too few for 360 students. During rush hour, like the lunch break, all are crowded and stink. Lan and her classmates always have to wait in long lines in front of the bathroom. They often cannot wait for their turn due to the smell. "When the bathroom is not occupied, I don’t feel like I have to go. But … [Read more...] about Across Vietnam, squalid school toilets endanger students’ health
Susan Whitall The Detroit News Published 8:18 PM EDT Oct 4, 2018 The confluence of events was ironic, to say the least. In the same week in April that the state of Michigan announced it was cutting off delivery of bottled water to residents of Flint, state officials approved Nestle’s request to pump even more water from its well in northern Michigan, to sell as bottled water. According to Gov. Rick Snyder, Flint no longer needed the cases of purified water after tests revealed that the lead in its tap water was within federal guidelines for safe drinking water. Detroit journalist and author Anna Clark was watching closely. Her book on the Flint water crisis: “The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy,” came out in July. “It just seems tone deaf to cancel water shipments to Flint with no notice, then approve this permit that was deeply unpopular with people across the state,” Clark said. “You’re effectively … [Read more...] about Book on Flint water crisis to be featured at fall luncheon
By Ellen Knickmeyer and John Flesher Published 2:02 pm PDT, Thursday, July 19, 2018 Photo: Carlos Osorio / Associated Press Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 A federal watchdog concluded the EPA was too slow, passive in responding to Flint’s complaints. A federal watchdog concluded the EPA was too slow, passive in responding to Flint’s complaints. Photo: Carlos Osorio / Associated Press Flint water crisis prompts call for more federal oversight 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON — A federal watchdog is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen its oversight of state drinking water systems nationally and respond more quickly to public health emergencies such as the lead-in-the water crisis in Flint, Mich. In a 74-page report released Thursday, the EPA’s inspector … [Read more...] about Flint water crisis prompts call for more federal oversight
ACV plans to expand Tuy Hoa airport in Phu Yen province The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) is developing a plan to expand Tuy Hoa airport in the south central province of Phu Yen. The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) is developing a plan to expand Tuy Hoa airport in the south central province of Phu Yen and build a new terminal with a capacity of 2.5 million passengers per year in the 2020-2025 period. Last year, more than 337,000 passengers arrived at the Tuy Hoa airport, equaling 61 percent of its present capacity. By 2020, the airport’s capacity will reach 600,000 passengers per year, and by 2030 will be 3 million per year, according to the scheme to develop airway transport by 2020, which has been approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The Ministry of Transport gave instructions to ACV to inspect and adjust the plan for different airports so that it is in accordance with what was approved by the PM. ACV Director Le Manh Hung said that at present, the … [Read more...] about Social News In Brief 18/7