The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it has developed a preliminary list of recommended actions the V.I. government should take to rid St. Croix’s municipal water system of lead contamination and that during recent testing at 11 household faucets, three of 119 samples came back with slightly elevated levels of the heavy metal.
Christiansted Harbor welcomed the Denis Sullivan back for its second year to St. Croix along with the World Ocean School, a Boston-based nonprofit that has been working in the U.S. Virgin Islands for eighteen seasons.
A bill that would give the V.I. Police Department the flexibility to suspend the licenses of registered gun holders if they’re a threat to themselves or others got an airing before the Senate Wednesday but was ultimately held because of concerns from senators and other testifiers.
On Wednesday, the Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services forwarded two bills to the Rules and Judiciary Committee. One bill would protect newborn babies, and the second would give school-age children an essential link to some medical care.
Quasheem Christian, 23, who was identified as the suspect in the death of Chandler “Frenchie” Heath, was arrested Wednesday on St. Croix and charged with first-degree murder, the V.I. Police Department reported.
Pretty much stalled for about a quarter of a century, the move toward developing large-scale aquaculture in the territory got a boost last week when the government announced it has a draft plan for regulating the industry.
Last week in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, 84 teams representing 12 countries competed in the Pan American Ultimate (Frisbee) Championships. Included in the field was a team composed of 18 Virgin Islanders from St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix (plus four others from the US and Canada, each having ties to the USVI).
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has extended a local State of Emergency for 30 days through Dec. 29, providing ongoing access to resources to address water quality issues on St. Croix. Separately, individuals with minor cannabis convictions may have records expunged.
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