Hazardous Drinking Water
So far this year, citizens of Minnesota have been expressing a lot of concern regarding the safety of their drinking water. As a result, the state has conducted testing in attempt to put these concerns to bed-- with little success.
Many tests have yielded worrisome results. Hazardous chemical waste and pollutants have been discovered in drinking water all over the state. In particular, many of the wells of Washington County, my homeland, have been contaminated by a 3M compound known as PFBA. Minnesota Department of Public Health officials seem to be scratching their heads in lieu of any sort of explanation.
In attempt to combat this threat, the state is going to be testing any water that they think could have the potential to be contaminated.
I found the lead to the Star Tribune article interesting. Although it answered the who, what, why, when, where, it was not concise. It far exceeded the norm of 20-25 words. It was subtle, and almost seemed to take a narrative approach, which could be effective to drawing some readers in. However, I think that the average reader may be scared off by the length of it.
First- Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1426188.html
Secondary- MPR: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/28/toxic2water/