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The New York Times Reported - Jan. 28 2016
ALBANY — Scrambling to contain an environmental scare in the small upstate village of Hoosick Falls, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo directed two New York State agencies on Wednesday to use Superfund money, filtration systems and testing to address the presence of a toxic chemical in the local water supply.
The announcement came more than a month after federal officials warned residents in Hoosick Falls, a riverfront community about 30 miles northeast of Albany, not to drink public water or use it for cooking because of the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, an industrial chemical used in the manufacture of coatings such as Teflon, cleaning products and other materials.
Ohio town panics over possible lead-tainted tap water. Fox News - Jan 26, 2016
SEBRING, Ohio – In a furor with echoes of the crisis in Flint, Michigan, parents in and around Sebring no longer trust the water coming out of their taps — or the explanations from community leaders — after learning just days ago that high levels of lead were detected in some homes over the summer.
New York village’s trail of cancer leads to tap-water probe
Two years later, the US Environmental Protection Agency has warned residents of Hoosick Falls not to drink or cook with water from municipal wells, and a plastics plant has agreed to install a $2 million carbon filtration system at the village water treatment plant.
Is your drinking water really safe?
Did you know the EPA has set 2 drinking water contaminant levels, the MCLG which is the level below which there is no known or expected risk to people's health and allows for a margin of safety. BUT, according to the EPA's own documents, they do not enforce that contaminant level. The 2nd level the MCL allows 33 contaminants to exceed the lower MCLG level. The higher MCL level is the contaminant level the EPA enforces.
Is the drinking water absolutely safe at the higher EPA allowed level for those 33 contaminants? No, in fact the EPA has released information showing anticipated "deaths" from drinking water at the "allowed" higher Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for one of those 33 contaminants which can be found in some water sources around the country.The Maryland Department of the Environment in Coordination with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Anne Arundel County Health Department states by drinking water with one of the 33 contaminant at the higher "allowed: Maximum Contaminant Level can cause an increased risk of fatal cancer and states a number of additional deaths related to drinking the water over a long term.. This contaminant has been located in states around the country but areas in the Midwest have a higher concentration of the contaminant than any part in the country.
The book discusses what that one contaminant level is that can be found in areas throughout the country and especially in the Northern Illinois region.along with what you can and should do about it.
According to EPA regulations, water coming from a municipal water system going to the public MUST be disinfected and filtered. The FDA bottled water regulations have NO regulations for disinfecting and
filtering bottled water.
Skin absorbtion is a leading cause of contaminants entering your body, (from showering, bathing & Swimming)
Showering is suspected as the primary cause of elevated chloroform in nearly every home because of the chlorine in the water
what's in my water?
"What's in my Water? is a compilation of thousands of pages of research data from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Center for Disease Control, the Department of Public Health and more, presented in an easy to understand non technical format along with "Action Points" and information as to what steps the consumer can take to protect, limit or eliminate potentially dangerous contaminants from affecting their drinking water.
Contaminants in drinking water may end up in coffee, tea and other drinks made with tap water. Even food we cook that uses water such as pasta, soups, etc. may have contaminants in the water. Boiling water with Chlorine can lead to other issues
The EPA reported there were 8,522 violations for health based standards reported by Water Supply Systems and 17,519 Water Supply Systems
were in violation for failure to monitor or submit a report on contaminants in their water. Consider that number 17,519 Water Supply Systems around the country did not even monitor or report their findings