Saitama gov't may file suit over contaminated water from Tone River
The Saitama prefectural government is considering filing a damages suit for damages caused by the contamination of water in the Tone River by formaldehyde contamination from a water purification plant last month.
The water supply to tens of thousands of households in Saitama and Chiba prefectures was cut off for two days after local checks found it was contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical. More than 210,000 households were affected.
Saitama Gov Kiyoshi Ueda said he will discuss the issue with hie legal advisers and Chiba prefectural officials, TBS reported Tuesday.
Formaldehyde is a colorless chemical with a pungent odor, classified as a human carcinogen by the Lyon-based International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Chiba stopped taking water from a branch of the Tone River after detecting elevated levels of formaldehyde.
The worst reading was seen in Saitama, which temporarily stopped taking water at a filtration plant that on Friday detected contamination of 0.200 milligrams of formaldehyde per liter, more than two times the 0.080 milligram national limit.