Sunday, March 04, 2018 by: David Williams Tags: badhealth, badpollution, coal ash, contaminated groundwater, Ecology, environ, EPA, pollution, power companies, power plants, toxins, USWAG (Natural News) The first power plant coal ash reports have now been made publicly available for the first time since they were required to be submitted a couple of years back, and the data doesn’t look pretty. Based on an analysis conducted by the environmental law organization Earthjustice, the data shows – rather conclusively – that there are toxic substances like arsenic currently being leaked from unlined pits, thereby contaminating groundwater at more than a few hundred coal ash storage facilities across the country. Of the 14 power plants reviewed by Earthjustice, nine were found to show “statistically significant increases” of toxic materials present in groundwater near their respective coal ash containment ponds. This data clearly won’t sit well with … [Read more...] about Toxic substances from coal ash are leaking into the groundwater, yet utility companies keep petitioning for weaker monitoring rules
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You've probably heard the buzz about "raw water," the hottest new drink in Silicon Valley. It promises benefits like "natural probiotics" and "beauty minerals" like silica—and as we just discovered, it's a total rip-off.A New York Times trend piece and several follow-ups profiled "Fountain of Truth" raw water. Made by a company called Live Water, it’s advertised as "unfiltered, untreated, unsterilized spring water.” A 2.5 gallon jug of “Fountain of Truth” recently retailed for $60.99 (about $24 per gallon) in a boutique grocery store in San Francisco, prompting shock from consumers and horror from scientists.As it turns out, the “Fountain of Truth” is perfectly safe to drink. That’s because it’s the exact same water that flows out of the taps in Oregon. At $64 for a minimum of four jugs, that’s an awful lot of money to pay for essentially the same water you can get out of your bathroom sink.Live Water makes it look like its … [Read more...] about This Pricey ‘Raw Water’ Is a Total Scam—$64 Gets You Tap Water from Oregon
You drink it, shower with it, rely on it for cooking and cleaning. So shouldn’t your water be as safe and clean as possible? Ideally, it would be. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, as pointed out in a new guide to water filtration systems from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). "There hasn't been much improvement in removing contaminants from municipal water supplies," says Paul Pestano, a research analyst with EWG. His group’s report aims to help consumers find the best water filters that reliably protect against various contaminants. Not sure what’s lurking in your water? Consider the following: Treating H2O might make it worse. To keep water clear of bacteria, water-treatment plants use either chlorine or a compound called chloramine. Unfortunately, those chemicals react with organic matter in the water (like dead leaves or dirt) and form potentially toxic by-products that have been linked to bladder and liver cancer. The devil is … [Read more...] about What’s Really In Your Water
Remember the movie "Erin Brockovich"? Of course, you do.But unless you've rewatched it recently, you may not remember that Brockovich—in real life, and in the movie—was fighting a company suspected of polluting a small California town's drinking water with a cancer-causing contaminant called chromium-6 (aka, hexavalent chromium).(Discover the ONE simple, natural solution that can help you reverse chronic inflammation and heal more than 45 diseases. Try The Whole Body Cure today!)Fast-forward 20 years, and it may shock you to learn that chromium-6 is still a threat to 218 million Americans, including residents of every state. That's just one of the many findings of a just-released Environmental Working Group (EWG) report on the state of our nation's drinking water.PREVENTION PREMIUM: Wearable Health Trackers: Do They Work?"We've known about chromium-6 since Erin Brockovich, but it's still a pervasive problem, and there's no federal legal standard for it," says Nneka Leiba, … [Read more...] about There Are Probably Dangerous Chemicals In Your Tap Water—Here’s Everything You Need To Know To Stay Safe
The water crisis happening in Flint, Michigan, is very scary. And if you’ve read about it, odds are the question “Could there be lead in my water, too?” has crossed your mind. The answer: possibly.Related: 10 Ways You're Polluting Water Without Realizing ItThe U.S. has some of the safest water on the planet, but it’s not perfect. One of the biggest studies in recent years, by the Environmental Working Group, detected over 300 contaminants in our nation’s drinking supply. And unsafe levels of lead (a chemical linked to brain damage and mood disorders, among a slew of other issues) has been found in loads of other cities in past years, like Washington D.C., Durham, North Carolina, and Sebring, Ohio, to name a few. Older homes and cities (like Chicago, where 80 percent of homes get their water supply from lead pipes) are more at risk, and water suppliers throw corrosion-fighting chemicals into the aqua to make it safe to drink.Related: The Top 10 … [Read more...] about Is Your Tap Water Safe?
(Natural News) The water supply of a million Central California residents is contaminated with what is considered one of the most powerful carcinogens on the planet, and now the state is making a move to try to get the problem under control as the lawsuits against the companies responsible for the contamination continue to pile up. [RELATED: Dehydrated – CA residents’ drinking water reservoir nearly empty.]According to NBC News, some people believe that the substance known as 1,2,3-trichloropropane, or TCP, in the water is behind the health problems plaguing those who live in the Arvin area.Oregon Health and Science University’s Professor Paul Tratnyek, who studied the substance for the U.S. Department of Defense, said its toxicity is nearly unmatched by other chemicals. He noted that even tiny amounts of TCP in the water could cause health effects. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it is “likely to be carcinogenic to humans.”The California … [Read more...] about California water wells saturated with extremely toxic cancer-causing chemical
(Natural News) Stone Brewing, the country’s ninth largest brewery based in Southern California, has recently introduced a beer made with treated sewage water. The company unveiled five barrels of their latest brew, called Full Circle pale ale, at an event Thursday last week to the approval of curious customers. The craft beer was made with 100% recycled water from San Diego’s Pure Water demonstration plant in Miramar.“This particular water will just help us not require so much natural water to come in and give us a more reliable source. So for us to be able to reuse, that’s part of our mantra, that’s part of what we do,” said Stone Brewing’s chief operating officer Pat Tiernan.The recycled water used in the beer only required some salts prior to the brewing process. The craft beer was made with three malts and three hops. Full Circle features a clean beer taste with a hint of caramel and tropical fruit notes. Full Circle is … [Read more...] about BIOSLUDGE BREW? California brewery now making beer out of recycled human sewage water… for real
(Natural News) Residents of Wilmington, North Carolina want to know if the water they are drinking every day could possibly kill them. Chemical conglomerate DuPont and its spinoff company Chemours’ manufacturing plants are located upstream from Wilmington – on a 2,100-acre property on the Cape Fear River in Fayeteville – where they produce GenX, a potentially cancer-causing chemical that is used to make Teflon. A three-year study that was co-authored by North Carolina water utility Cape Fear Public Utility Authority calculated just how much GenX was present in Cape Fear’s waters. However, the study’s conclusions were never revealed to the public, even to Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, according to a report by CBS News‘ Jericka Duncan. “ We were alarmed. And we want to know how long that compound or that chemical had been dispersed into the Cape Fear River. And they told us since 1980. [This] needs to be looked at by … [Read more...] about North Carolina residents want to know if Dupont is secretly polluting their drinking water
A five month investigation by the Associated Press has discovered that small quantities of drugs, including antibiotics, sex hormones, and anti-seizure compounds, have been found in public drinking water supplied to over 40 million Americans across the US. Southern California: a portion of drinking water that supplies 18.5 million people contained traces of anti-epileptic and anti-anxiety drugs. Philadelphia: treated drinking water contained 56 drugs or byproducts, including pharmaceuticals for pain, infection, cholesterol control, heart conditions, asthma. San Francisco: a sex hormone was detected in the drinking water. Washington DC: six drugs were found in the drinking water supply of the capital and surrounding area. Tucson, Arizona: an antibiotic and two other medications were found in the drinking water. Northern New Jersey: drinking water for 850,000 residents was found to contain carbamazepine, a mood stabilizer, and a metabolized byproduct of angina medication. This was … [Read more...] about Drugs In US Drinking Water
Researchers point out that tasting the metallic flavor in water can help people limit exposure to metals such as iron. This trace element, required by the body to transport oxygen in red blood cells, is found naturally in water or from the corrosion of iron water-supply pipes. However, doctors’ advice to all patients is that you need less iron after the age of 50. That metallic flavor in water, caused by the dissolved iron and copper commonly found in groundwater or that may leak into tap water from corroded pipes, has been an issue for both consumers and utility companies. More than two million miles of the United States’ water and wastewater pipes are nearing the end of their useful life. But, these facilities, which are generally underground, don’t attract too much attention. This study is highlighting the fact that attention may be necessary. Studies also suggest that older people who consume too much iron — especially in natural supplements and iron-rich … [Read more...] about Can You Taste the Iron in Your Water?