White House and EPA tried to stop report on contaminated drinking water from being released
Back in 2018, the White House and EPA tried to stop the U.S Department of Health and Human Services from releasing a draft report that exposed the high risk level for exposure to chemicals in our drinking water, that suggests "the chemicals should be up to 10 times lower than the 70 PPT threshold the EPA recommends," as reported on Yahoo news.
This was revealed in a recent report that suggests we're all drinking some sort of "toxic soup" when it comes to American tap water and the number of "forever chemicals" found in our supply.
These contaminates are specifically from "man-made" chemicals, and the results of the tests done are worse than expected, especially in these three major cities: Miami, Philadelphia, and New Orleans. This information was revealed by an environmental watchdog group who pays attention to things like this and exposes them when the government might try to keep it on the down low.
The report stated:
The chemicals, resistant to breaking down in the environment, are known as perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Some have been linked to cancers, liver damage, low birth weight and other health problems.
The findings https://www.ewg.org/research/national-pfas-testing by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) show the group's previous estimate in 2018, based on unpublished U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data, that 110 million Americans may be contaminated with PFAS, could be far too low.
"It's nearly impossible to avoid contaminated drinking water from these chemicals," said David Andrews, a senior scientist at EWG and co-author of the report.
The chemicals were used in products like Teflon and Scotchguard and in firefighting foam. Some are used in a variety of other products and industrial processes, and their replacements also pose risks.
Of tap water samples taken by EWG from 44 sites in 31 states and Washington D.C., only one location, Meridian, Mississippi, which relies on 700 foot (215 m) deep wells, had no detectable PFAS. Only Seattle and Tuscaloosa, Alabama had levels below 1 part per trillion (PPT), the limit EWG recommends.
In addition, EWG found that on average six to seven PFAS compounds were found at the tested sites, and the effects on health of the mixtures are little understood. "Everyone's really exposed to a toxic soup of these PFAS chemicals," Andrews said.
This is quite disturbing that our government would attempt to hide reports like this, rather than fix the problem.
You know, the longer we're on the planet, the longer they can tax us, so it's in their benefit to fix every health problem they can find, right?
Back in November, the Trump administration and CDC were having a dispute over the contaminated water as posted on USA Today.
The good news is that $10 million has been budgeted for further study and testing to help address the problems. So even though the White House didn't want the initial reports released, it looks like they are moving in the right direction to fix it.
With public concern rising, congressional lawmakers in 2018 appropriated $10 million for a nationwide study to offer more definitive answers about health effects. The money was budgeted for the Department of Defense, which is also facing at least $2 billion in PFAS cleanup liabilities. The money then flowed to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This summer, the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an arm of the CDC, announced that it would use the funds to study highly exposed communities in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The design of the study shops out the actual research to academic or government partners in each state and provides grant funding to conduct the work.
But the study is off to a slow start, with a dispute between the CDC and White House Office of Management and Budget playing a role, sources say.
Of course, then this week a report was released saying that the EPA is now letting cities dump raw sewage into the main bodies of water. Obviously, that's disgusting. This is actually a really bad move by the Trump administration because it now allows people to dump sewage into previously protected water. I don't know what they were thinking when they allowed this, because frankly it's disgusting. These changes won't lower our taxes, so they should have kept it the same, not rolled things back.
This is from the Chicago Tribune:
The Environmental Protection Agency has made it easier for cities to keep dumping raw sewage into rivers by letting them delay or otherwise change federally imposed fixes to their sewer systems, according to interviews with local officials, water utilities and their lobbyists.
Cities have long complained about the cost of meeting federal requirements to upgrade aging sewer systems, many of which release untreated waste directly into waterways during heavy rains — a problem that climate change worsens as rainstorms intensify. These complaints have gained new traction with the Trump administration, which has been more willing to renegotiate the agreements that dictate how, and how quickly, cities must overhaul their sewers.
The actions are the latest example of the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back nearly 95 environmental rules that it has said are too costly for industry or taxpayers. That list grew Thursday when the administration stripped clean-water protections from wetlands, streams and other waterways.
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