HALIFAX – The Public Prosecution Service has decided to take over the case of a local woman accusing two companies of contaminating the drinking water of some people in Harrietsfield.
Marlene Brown had launched a private prosecution against two numbered Nova Scotia companies under the environment act earlier this year – the first time that’s happened in the history of the province.
The PPS is expected to revise some of the charges Brown’s lawyers have laid against the two companies, including a former recycling plant which has already been ordered to clean up a salvage yard by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.
The ongoing saga has seen both the municipal and provincial governments acknowledge environmental concerns, including a promise from the province to install water filtration units for some residents.
Brown has said the water is undrinkable, and she only uses it sparingly to brush her teeth and take short showers.