EWG warns forever chemicals are contaminating US drinking water at levels far worse than expected

January 24, 2020 by  
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Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ known as PFAS, per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, persist in the environment , grossly tainting the drinking water of many United States cities, like Miami, New Orleans and Philadelphia. More specifically, findings by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reveal that the a 2018 estimate of 110 million U.S. citizens being contaminated with PFAS is far below actual numbers. “It’s nearly impossible to avoid contaminated drinking water from these chemicals,” shared David Andrews, a senior scientist at EWG and co-author of the report. “Everyone’s really exposed to a toxic soup of these PFAS chemicals.” Related: Climate change-induced melting of mountain ice threatens global supply of freshwater PFAS are highly fluorinated chemicals that do not break down in the environment. The most infamous PFAS are those associated with Teflon and 3M’s Scotchgard. Much of the PFAS contamination is legacy pollution . In fact, both Teflon and Scotchgard were phased out years ago, but these harmful PFAS still persist in the environment — in soils and especially in water , such as the rainwater that supplies drinking water. Despite the original PFAS chemicals being taken off the market, they’ve been replaced by modern PFAS chemicals that might still be just as harmful, if not more so. These modern PFAS chemicals lurk in packaging, stain-resistant furnishings, water-repellent clothing and items, cosmetics and personal care products and firefighting foam. What’s worrisome, too, is that PFAS can accumulate in the human body, thus compromising health . Cancer, disease, endocrine disruption, reproductive issues, low birth weights and a host of other compromised health incidences are some of the consequences of drinking PFAS-tainted water. EWG is advocating for tougher regulations and laws to reduce PFAS chemicals in drinking water and consumer products to help reduce human exposure to these toxins . Some states are ramping up their efforts to reduce PFAS in the drinking water by banning PFAS-based food packaging or firefighting foam. But more work is still needed. + EWG Via The Guardian and Reuters Image via Arcaion

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10% of U.S. Beaches Are Too Polluted for Swimming: How Does Your Favorite Rate?

June 26, 2014 by  
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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released its 24th annual Beach Report, “ Testing the Waters 2014 ,” which identifies the most polluted beaches in the U.S. Shockingly, 10 percent of the nation’s beaches failed to meet water quality standards for safe swimming. The NRDC has released an interactive map to accompany the report, so you can see whether your favorite beaches are safe, or if they are going to give you something more than sunburn to worry about this summer. Read the rest of 10% of U.S. Beaches Are Too Polluted for Swimming: How Does Your Favorite Rate? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bacteria , beaches , contaminated beaches , contaminated water , great lakes , interactive map , most polluted beaches in the US , Natural Resources Defense Council , nrdc , safe swimming , sewerage , swimming , water issues , water pollution , water quality

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Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

June 26, 2014 by  
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Cadmium Spill in China’s Liu River Threatens to Contaminate Water Supply for 3 Million People

January 30, 2012 by  
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A cadmium spill in the Liu River of southern China has police and emergency personnel scrambling to clean and protect the water supply of a major city in its path. Despite three previous clean up efforts, the contaminated water is still flowing toward Liuzhou city in Guangxi province, which is inhabited by over 3 million people. While chemicals and barges are being thrown into the water daily to prevent the cadmium spill from spreading, residents are already buying out all the bottled water local stores have to offer. Read the rest of Cadmium Spill in China’s Liu River Threatens to Contaminate Water Supply for 3 Million People Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cadmium , cadmium spill , cadmium spill china , cadmium spill liu river , china cadmium spill , contaminated water , contaminated water china , contaminated water news , environmental destruction , liu river , liu river china , news , water issues , water supply , water supply china , water supply china news , water supply news

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