Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016

Legal storm

6 state employees criminally charged in Flint crisis

Attorney General Bill Schuette

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press

A special investigator for the Michigan Attorney General's office said six state employees who were criminally charged Friday hid and manipulated data last summer that showed a change in drinking-water sources was poisoning people in Flint. An investigation into emails revealed that DEQ employees were involved with altering reports that showed dangerously high levels of lead in the water after the source was changed to the Flint River in April 2014.

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Ohio city aspires to be 'Silicon Valley for water'

Journal-News

When the next big inventions improve the way water is used, purified, distributed or disposed of, the Hamilton Mill business incubator in Hamilton, Ohio’s former municipal building hopes to be leading that wave of innovation. Proponents see the area as a potential “Silicon Valley for water” that can lure companies to the region and Hamilton.

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University of Illinois research targets nitrogen loss

Science Daily

What's good for crops is not always good for the environment. Nitrogen, a key nutrient for plants, can cause problems when it leaches into water supplies. University of Illinois engineers developed a model to calculate the age of nitrogen in corn and soybean fields, which could lead to improved fertilizer application techniques to promote crop growth while reducing leaching.

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