Sunday, January 17, 2016

Why buy a filter?

The National Guard was deployed to assist in handing out canned water at the Flint Fire Department on Friday.CreditBrittany Greeson for The New York Times
President Obama has declared a state of emergency in response to the water crisis in Flint, Mich., where thousands of residents have been exposed to toxic amounts of lead.
The president’s action on Saturday authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to “coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency” in Genesee County. FEMA can provide up to $5 million in federal aid to help provide water, filters, and other items for up to 90 days to residents whose water has been contaminated since the city switched water supplies in a cost-cutting move in 2014.
The declaration was requested on Thursday by Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, who had also sought a major disaster declaration and asked for nearly $96 million to be expedited for relief efforts. A disaster declaration would have freed up more federal aid, but Flint’s problem did not qualify because it was a man-made disaster.
Flint, which had long received water from Lake Huron provided by Detroit’s water utility, began drawing its water from the Flint River in 2014in an effort to save money while a new pipeline was built. Residents sooncomplained about rashes and strange odors from the river water, but city and state officials mostly insisted that it was safe to drink. Last year,elevated levels of lead were found in children’s blood. In October, Flint switched back to Detroit’s water system.
Officials remain concerned that damaged pipes could continue to leach lead, which can cause cognitive damage in children and kidney issues in adults. State officials were also investigating whether the contaminated water was connected to a recent outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease that has killed 10 people. Michigan’s attorney general is also investigating the lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water.
Flint is a city of about 100,000 plagued by poverty, aging infrastructure and a declining population. In his request, Governor Snyder estimated the cost of replacing Flint’s water infrastructure at $767 million, according to The Detroit News.
His administration has come under criticism for not recognizing the severity of the water problem in Flint sooner and moving too slowly to address it. The governor declared a state emergency on Jan. 5, and asked for federal help nine days later.
Representative Dan Kildee, a Democrat, whose district includes Flint, had pushed for a disaster declaration for months. On Saturday, he welcomed the emergency declaration and blamed the state for creating the water crisis.
“I welcome the president’s quick action in support of the people of Flint after months of inaction by the governor,” he said in a statement. “The residents and children of Flint deserve every resource available to make sure that they have safe water and are able to recover from this terrible man-made disaster created by the state.”
Governor Snyder has defended his handling of the water situation in Flint. In an interview with Time magazine on Thursday, he said: “As soon as I became aware of elevated lead levels in blood, we took action.”
But that did not satisfy many of his critics, including Senator Bernie Sanders, the Democratic presidential candidate, who on Saturday called for the governor’s resignation.
“Because of the conduct by Governor Snyder’s administration and his refusal to take responsibility, families will suffer from lead poisoning for the rest of their lives,” Mr. Sanders said in a statement. “Children in Flint will be plagued with brain damage and other health problems. The people of Flint deserve more than an apology.”

Thursday, January 7, 2016

sexual deformities. how to prevent them

Bren Jacobson shared GMO Free USA's photo.
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nother good reason to get a good water filter. contact me if you want one. bbc did a brilliant documentary on the subject of xenoestrogens and endocrine disrupters called "assault on the male" over 20 years ago. the cause sterility, deformity, and cancer.
INTERSEX FISH: 85% of male smallmouth bass tested in or nearby 19 National Wildlife Refuges in the U.S. Northeast had signs of female reproductive parts, according to a new federal study. The study, led by the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, also reported that 27% of male largemouth bass in the testing sites were intersex. The study is the first of its kind in National Wildlife Refuges and adds to growing evidence that endocrine disrupting chemicals are getting into U.S. lakes, rivers, streams and reservoirs - no matter how protected the waters seem. But yet, the researchers didn't test for chemicals in the water. WE'LL GIVE THE GOVERNMENT A HINT: It's probably glyphosate and atrazine, the two most widely used, toxic, endocrine-disrupting herbicides in the U.S. Made by, yours truly, Monsanto and Syngenta. But that's probably why they didn't test the waters. Protecting GMO/agrichemical industry profits over the People's and environmental health. TEST THE WATERS. Then shut down Monsanto and Syngenta.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

public water advisory

Water from Dublin Road plant should not be given to infants, pregnant women

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The city is advising people who live in portions of west, central and southwest Columbus, Grandview Heights, Grove City, Hilliard, Lincoln Village, Marble Cliff, Upper Arlington, Urbancrest and Valleyview not to boil water -- that will increase nitrate levels.
Franklin County residents who get their water from the Dublin Road water plant are under a nitrate advisory until further notice.
The city of Columbus issued the alert on Monday for people who live in portions of west, central and southwest Columbus, Grandview Heights, Grove City, Hilliard, Lincoln Village, Marble Cliff, the Ohio State University area, Upper Arlington, Urbancrest and Valleyview.
Pregnant women and infants younger than 6 months should not drink the water until the advisory is lifted. The water should not be used to mix with baby formula, juice or other drinks, according to the advisory.
The city is advising those residents to not boil the water. Boiling the water will increase nitrate levels by concentrating the chemical.
Bottled water will be available to pregnant women and infants from the affected areas from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. each day in the front loop of Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave., and in front of the former Macy’s at Westland Mall, 4141 W. Broad St., until the advisory expires.
Adults and older children can continue to drink tap water. Water also should be safe for pets, according to the advisory.
Tap water tested at the Dublin Road plant on Monday showed nitrate levels exceeding state standards. Nitrate levels increase when fertilizer and agricultural runoff get into the Scioto River watershed.
Remote monitors set up in the watershed showed elevated nitrate levels starting on Friday, and the city’s Department of Public Utilities has been testing it daily since then, said George Zonders, spokesman for the department. The daily testing will continue until nitrate levels dip to acceptable levels.
Public Utilities Director Greg Davies told Columbus City Councilmembers on Monday night that it typically takes about 10 to 14 days for that to happen, though more rainfall could dilute the water and lower nitrate levels faster.
Davies said a $200 million upgrade of the Dublin Road plant will include about $35 million for an ion-exchange facility that will help suppress nitrate levels. That should be completed in 2017.
This nitrate advisory is the city’s most recent since 2006 and its third since 2000.
“Agricultural pollution is a problem here in Columbus,” said Adam Rissien, director of agricultural and water policy at the Ohio Environmental Council. “It’s time we did something more about it.”