Archive for January 25th, 2011

Poisoning Our Water Supply by S.N. Worthy, IATTWJ Correspondent

posted by admin @ 11:41 AM
January 25, 2011

This just in!!!  As I promised Earth End readers,  here is the explosive truth about manufacturers poisoning the drinking water in American cities with a cancer-causing chemical called chromium.   As we go to press, it is now established that some 40 American cities have potentially unsafe drinking water.  Up to 89% of the water sources in these towns contain as much as six times the reasonable levels of this chemical.  Scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Toxicology Program link chromium to cancer.  But the EPA has no policy in place to stop such dumping.  This governmental agency, founded to protect American people from anti-environment corporate practices, does not require cities to test for this chemical.  EPA has not even established limits for the amount of chromium allowable in the public water systems.  So, California, the usual vanguard state, has called for such testing and limits on its own.

 Not since Julia Roberts won an Academy Award for her role in “Erin Brockovich” has the subject of this carcinogen been under public scrutiny.  The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., estimates  that “at least 74 million Americans in 42 states drink tap water polluted with hexavalent chromium.”  Steel and pulp mills dump this nasty stuff into the water that American people drink.  Metal-plating and leather-tanning companies do so as well.  Those cities with the highest level of this chemical in their drinking water include:  Norman (Oklahoma), Honolulu, Riverside and San Jose (California), Chicago and Boston.

 As in the Roberts movie, the responsibility for this chemical dumping rests squarely on the sh oulders of mega-corporations, and cooperating governments.  Michael Hawthorne, of the Chicago Tribune, reveals that in 2009, “the U.S. Steel and Arcelor Mittal Mills dumped 3,100 pounds of chromium in Lake Michigan and its tributaries.” Another blogger, Minkoff Minx, reveals that various forms of chromium are used by industries that manufacture:  tanning leather, metal plating objects, wood stains, textile dyes, stainless steel, etc.  This chemical is also a by-product from welding, smelting and concrete industries.
 I will have more on this subject in my next report.  For now, suffice it to say that it is not even known if bottled water is clean from this contaminant.  Some environments advise comsumers to buy “effective water filters” as a precaution.  I have asked our organization, the International Association of Truth Telling Women Journalists, to issue urgent community action bulletins about this problem.  And perhaps it would be a good idea if Jael could solicit stores to make wholesale Christian t-shirts with messages insisting that companies and governments at least give the American public pure clean drinking water!

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