LONDON， June 4 (Xinhua) -- After the outbreak of the water contamination crisis in the U.S. city of Flint， Michigan， more U.S. cities have been exposed to have similar problems， according to an investigation by The Guardian newspaper.
At least 33 cities across 17 U.S. states have used water testing "cheats" that potentially conceal dangerous levels of lead over the past decade， the British newspaper reported on Thursday.
Testing methods that can avoid detecting lead include asking testers to run faucets before the test period， known as "pre-flushing;" to remove faucet filters， called "aerators;" and to slowly fill sample bottles.
The investigation found that big cities like Chicago， Boston， Philadelphia， Detroit and Milwaukee were among the cities using poor testing methods.
For 25 years， the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has required water utilities to test a small pool of households for lead contamination at least every three years.
But the way residents are instructed to sample their water， as well as which households are chosen for testing， can profoundly impact how much lead is detected， said the report.
Two states， Michigan and New Hampshire， advised water departments to give themselves extra time to complete tests so that if lead contamination exceeded federal limits， officials could re-sample and remove results with high lead levels， it said.
Marc Edwards， a Virginia Tech scientist who first uncovered the crisis in Flint， described water testing in some of America's largest cities as an "outrage."
"They make lead in water low when collecting samples from EPA compliance， even as it poisons kids who drink the water，" Edwards said. "Clearly， the cheating and lax enforcement are needlessly harming children all over the United States."
Flint， a city northwest of Detroit in Michigan， switched off Detroit's Lake Huron water supply in April 2014 and turned to the Flint River as an interim source while a new regional pipeline was being built.
Residents immediately complained about the water's color and odor， and independent investigators discovered elevated lead levels in the water and blood of children.
The State of Michigan initially downplayed people's concerns， but eventually confirmed finding lead in Flint water supply in October 2015 and began taking steps to address the crisis.
As a result， the state Department of Environmental Quality director and a department spokesman resigned and another official has been fired. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder called for an investigation into the state Health Department.
U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit started investigating into Flint water crisis in January this year， along with the EPA.
Eastern U.S. states are considered to have a high risk of lead contamination due to their aging infrastructure. Enditem
MADRID, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Police in the Canary Islands arrested 36 people thought to belong to one of the most active drug smuggling and dealing rings in the area and seized 342 kg of drugs in an operation on Friday.
As well as the drugs, police on the island of Las Palmas confirm they seized around a million euros (1.1 million U.S. dollars) in cash in a wide-ranging operation which saw them dismantle seven laboratories and make 23 separate searches.
The raid led to the seizure of 205 kg of cocaine, 120 kg of hashish and 17 kg of amphetamine sulfate#1# as well as 130 kg of substances used to cut the final product.
It is thought the dealers brought the cocaine from Colombia, before shipping it to the Canary Islands through Brazil hidden in legal goods.
Once in Las Palmas, members of the gang#2# working with the collaboration of associates working at the port would recover the drugs from the containers it had been hidden in.
The authorities had been alerted to the operation after the seizure of 199 kg of cocaine on June 13 from a ship which had sailed from the Brazilian port of Navigantes.
The Canary Islands were not the only location for an anti-drugs operation in Spain on Friday as police in Barcelona arrested two people and seized a haul of 13,100 ecstasy tablets, 28 liters of ketamine#3# as well as crystal meth, hashish and marijuana, which were stored in a rented lock-up.
The drugs were destined to be distributed in Barcelona and Ibiza.
Most people haven?t heard of pikas#4# but these small critters are commonly spotted on the Annapurna Circuit. A pika is similar in appearance to a chinchilla, albeit slightly smaller. They are native to the colder climates of Asia, Eastern Europe and North America and are sometimes called rock rabbits or coneys. Pikas are most active during the winter season as they don?t hibernate; instead they rely on collected hay for warm bedding and food.
Yes#5# you really can spot blue sheep on an Annapurna circuit trek, although slate grey would probably be a more apt description. These sheep are also known by their Nepalese name, bharal#6# and can often be spotted clambering over rocky crevices on the Annapurna Circuit. Both male and female bharal have horns, although the males curve sideways in the manner of a Victorian moustache, whilst the females grow upwards and straight. They are hard to spot as they tend to camouflage well against the slate grey of the mountain drop and tend to freeze once they feel they are in danger of being approached.
The stunning snow leopard is one of the most elusive creatures in Nepal with only between 300 and 500 left. The northern region of the Annapurnas is their main hunting ground#7# where pika and bharal are plentiful. The snow leopard hunts during dawn and dusk and spotting one of these beautiful creatures is an incredibly rare privilege whilst on an Annapurna circuit trek. Snow leopards are able t. Cheap Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Authentic Jerseys Cheap Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap Wholesale MLB Jerseys Cheap Nike College Jerseys Cheap Hockey Jerseys