Ethical Issues Over Contaminated Ground Water Essay

892 Words Nov 9th, 2014 4 Pages
In this “case 11a: ethical problems related to our community concerns over contaminated ground water.”1 In nearby farm was suspected of contaminating their drinking well water wind pesticides used to treat their produce in a semi-rural community. The local government had conducted some testing and determined that the water was unsafe for human consumption. The residents were warned not to drink their well water. However, the government only shared the results to the owners about their individual wells, and not that of their neighbors, in order to protect their individual confidentiality.1 This single act has the residents confused as to the source of contamination and extent of the contaminant, which led to skepticism of the authorities involved in the well-sampling program in their community.1
As simple as this case may appears, it is one of those cases that challenges intricacies of public health laws and ethics. Based on the contents of this case, there are several ethical principles that are applicable, such as the principle of beneficence, nonmaleficence, autonomy, and justice, which can be further assessed utilizing one of three method of analysis: Principle-Based Analysis, Case-Based Analysis, or Moral Rule-Based Analysis.1 However, due to the limitation of this paper, the focus shall be on the Moral Rule-Based Analysis and how it relates to the ethical principle involved.
Public health law is about health perseveration, which must be enacted and enforced by the…

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