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Dirty Water

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009   7:19 am | Author: Isabelle | Environment, Politics/Government |
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In September I posted here about the problems with water that we use for drinking, bathing, etc.

 

Yesterday the New York Times posted an article that said that “More than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years.”

 

“..since 2004, the water provided to more than 49 million people has contained illegal concentrations of chemicals like arsenic or radioactive substances like uranium, as well as dangerous bacteria often found in sewage.”

 

“..regulatory records show that fewer than 6 percent of the water systems that broke the law were ever fined or punished by state or federal officials, including those at the Environmental Protection Agency, which has ultimate responsibility for enforcing standards.”

 

“Studies indicate that drinking water contaminants are linked to millions of instances of illness within the United States each year.  …scientific research indicates that as many as 19 million Americans may become ill each year due to just the parasites, viruses and bacteria in drinking water. Certain types of cancer — such as breast and prostate cancer — have risen over the past 30 years, and research indicates they are likely tied to pollutants like those found in drinking water.”

 

“The E.P.A. is expected to announce a new policy for how it polices the nation’s 54,700 water systems.”

 

“The same people who told us to ignore Safe Drinking Water Act violations are still running the divisions,” said one mid-level E.P.A. official. “There’s no accountability, and so nothing’s going to change.”

 

It sounds like its time to clean house in these divisions and possibly make clean drinking water part of health care reform to try to reduce illnesses associated with dirty water.

 

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