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By Aaron Kesel

The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit research organization environmental watchdog, released a searchable database Thursday that shows almost 50,000 public water systems in the U.S. are contaminated with dozens of harmful chemicals.

Some of the chemicals found in your drinking water include – arsenic, hexavalent chromium, radiation, chloroform, perfluorooctanoic acid, Bromodichloromethane, Dichloroacetic acid, Barium, and Uranium; and that’s just scratching the surface of the 250-plus contaminants the group discovered.

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(NaturalNews) We really have reached a point of such insanity across human civilization that governments have become the terrorists who actively seek to harm and kill off the people. The latest example demonstrating this very point is the fact that the EPA just announced its plan to allow gigantic increases in the allowable radioactivity in drinking water… increasing it by over 3,000 times in the case of radioactive Iodine-131… while calling it “safe” to drink even though it’s almost certain to give you cancer.

In this public EPA document, the agency says it was ordered by President Obama’s Executive Order 12656 (section 1601(2)) to “[d]evelop, for national security emergencies, guidance on acceptable emergency levels of nuclear radiation….”

In this report, the EPA warns that a nuclear “incident” may strike the United States, and if people are going to drink the radioactive water, somebody needs to decide how much radioactivity Americans will be allowed to consume.

From the EPA report:

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‘As the water crisis in Flint, Michigan continues to occupy national headlines in the United States, scientists and environmental officials have revealed a dirty secret of American life: the poisoning of drinking water with toxic chemicals is not unique to Flint, Michigan, but takes place all over the country.

Counties in Louisiana and Texas, as well as the cities of Baltimore, Maryland; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Washington D.C. and Boston, Massachusetts all reported that substantial numbers of children have been exposed to elevated lead levels, largely through municipal drinking water.

This week, the head environmental regulator in the state of Ohio called national water regulations “broken,” saying that they dramatically understate the true scale of lead poisoning in American cities.’

Read more: War and the Destruction of Social Infrastructure in America
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  • Experts estimate there will be less than a year’s worth of drinking water in California reservoir’s at the end of 2015
  • Yet the rich and famous of Los Angeles continue to water their lawns with apparently no concern for conservation 
  • Photographer John Chapple recently went out in a helicopter to photography the ever-green lawns of Kim Kardashian, Barbara Streisand and Petra Eccelstone among others 

California is currently in the fourth year of its worst drought in history, but the rich and famous residents of Los Angeles are still keeping up with the Kardashians when it comes to their over-the-top landscaping.

Residents across California have been demolishing pools, cutting back on showers and letting their lawns turn brown after experts estimated that there will be less than a year’s worth of drinking water left in the state’s reservoirs by the end of 2015.

But for the residents of Los Angeles’ wealthy enclaves, a $100 fine for wasting water is chump change and a fee they are apparently glad to pay in order to maintain their almost fluorescent green lawns.

Photographer John Chapple recently went out in a helicopter to photograph these private oasis and found the mega-mansions owned by Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and heiress Petra Eccelstone to be among the worst.

‘The Kardashian flowers and hedges are right in our face,’ a neighbor of West and Kardashian in Hidden Hills told the New York Post. ‘It’s disgusting. You walk by and you can smell the freshness.’

The reality star previously claimed that she was washing her hair only every five days in response to the drought, a move she called ‘a little excessive, maybe.’

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What drought? The Hidden Hills, California estate owned by rapper Kanye West and his reality-star wife Kim Kardashian appears healthy and green despite California currently being in the middle of its worst drought in history 

What drought? The Hidden Hills, California estate owned by rapper Kanye West and his reality-star wife Kim Kardashian appears healthy and green despite California currently being in the middle of its worst drought in history

Bring on the fines: Gov Jerry Brown is calling for extreme cuts in water usage, but paying a $100 fine for water is chump change to stars like American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez

Bring on the fines: Gov Jerry Brown is calling for extreme cuts in water usage, but paying a $100 fine for water is chump change to stars like American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez

You too Babs? Despite being an advocate for energy conservation, Barbra Streisand's beach-side home in Malibu appears green as ever

You too Babs? Despite being an advocate for energy conservation, Barbra Streisand’s beach-side home in Malibu appears green as ever

His own private oasis: Magazine mogul Hugh Hefner refuses to let the lawn at the Playboy Mansion go brown, even though experts predict there will be less than a year's worth of drinking water at the end of 2015 

His own private oasis: Magazine mogul Hugh Hefner refuses to let the lawn at the Playboy Mansion go brown, even though experts predict there will be less than a year’s worth of drinking water at the end of 2015

From Justin to Khloe: Khloe Kardashian purchased this Calabasas estate from pop-star Justin Bieber last year, and keeps the lawn in trip-top shape 

From Justin to Khloe: Khloe Kardashian purchased this Calabasas estate from pop-star Justin Bieber last year, and keeps the lawn in trip-top shape

Emerald: The Hidden Hills, California of pop-star Jessica Simpson is seen above. Patches of her lawn appear to be browning, though her garden is still much greener compared to the neighboring lot 

Emerald: The Hidden Hills, California of pop-star Jessica Simpson is seen above. Patches of her lawn appear to be browning, though her garden is still much greener compared to the neighboring lot

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Jeddah: Saudi Arabia has set the global Guinness record for Strategic Water Storage project in Breiman area in Jeddah, which is being developed by the National Water Company (NCW), as the world’s largest drinking water reservoir.

The Saudi Press Agency quoted the NWC as saying that “this achievement includes the implementation 11 cylindrical tanks with a capacity of 188,000 cubic metres for each tank in the first phase. This will bring the full capacity of the first phase to two million cubic metres at a cost of 740 million Saudi riyals.”

Regarding the awarding of second and third phases of the Strategic Water Storage Project in Jeddah, the company said it has awarded the two phases, adding that the second phase will be implemented in the Breiman area, and the third phase will be implemented in the Faisaliah Jeddah area.

It noted that the total future capacity would reach up to two million cubic metres at a cost of 824 million Saudi riyals for the second and third phases.

The strategic water storage projects in Jeddah are the first projects of their kind amid growing water demand.

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New radioactive water leak at crippled Fukushima plant

Another leak of radioactive water has been found at Fukushima, the plant’s Japanese operator said Thursday, the latest setback for the troubled clean-up at the broken nuclear power station.

TOKYO: Another leak of radioactive water has been found at Fukushima, the plant’s Japanese operator said Thursday, the latest setback for the troubled clean-up at the broken nuclear power station.

Tokyo Electric Power said highly-polluted water, which spilled out of a storage tank as it was being filled, may have made its way out to the Pacific Ocean.

The utility, whose efforts to fix the mess at Fukushima have been derided as sloppy, said 430 litres (110 US gallons) with a radioactive load of up to 580,000 becquerels per litre, had leaked from one of the 450-tonne tanks because of recent typhoon-brought heavy rainfall.

A spokesman said it was possible “contaminated water may well have flowed into the sea.”

The tank holds water filtered to remove caesium but still containing strontium, an element that accumulates in bones and can cause cancer, if consumed.

The contamination level of the water in the new leak compares with government limits of 100 becquerels per kilogramme in food and 10 becquerels per litre in drinking water.

TEPCO has found increasing difficulty in dealing with waste water at the plant, which ran out of control following a huge earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

The company poured thousands of tonnes of water onto runaway reactors to tame them and continues to douse them to keep them cool.

Thousands of tonnes of radioactive water are being stored in temporary tanks at Fukushima, and the new leak was found at a section where five 450-tonne tanks are placed on slightly sloping ground, the official said.

“Workers were storing water very close to tanks’ capacity because of the volume of typhoon rainfall,” he said. “As a result, the water overflowed and leaked outside the gutter.”

Only one of the five inter-connected tanks had a water-level gauge, he said.

The leak is the latest to hit the plant and will further undermine TEPCO’s credibility in the eyes of an increasingly sceptical public, both domestically and internationally.

In August, 300 tonnes of toxic water was discovered to have leaked from a separate tank, with part of it believed to have flowed into the Pacific Ocean.

TEPCO said it had informed the Japanese government of the latest leak and the country’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority has ordered the company to stem the flow and remove any contaminated soil.

New radioactive water leak at crippled Fukushima plant 03 Oct 2013 Another leak of radioactive water has been found at Fukushima, the plant’s Japanese operator said Thursday, the latest setback for the troubled clean-up at the broken nuclear power station. Tokyo Electric Power said highly-polluted radioactive water, which spilled out of a storage tank as it was being filled, may have made its way out to the Pacific Ocean. The utility, whose ‘efforts’ to fix the mess at Fukushima have been derided as sloppy, said 430 litres (110 US gallons) with a radioactive load of up to 580,000 becquerels per litre, had leaked from one of the 450-tonne tanks because of recent typhoon-brought heavy rainfall.

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‘Radioactivity found in Swiss lake’ near nuclear plant

–Discovery raises concerns about safety practices and lack of transparency at Muehleberg nuclear plant in northwestern Switzerland

14 Jul 2013 Scientists have discovered a radioactive substance in sediment under a Swiss lake used for drinking water and situated near a nuclear plant, the Le Matin Dimanche weekly reported Sunday. The plant is believed to have caused a spike in cesium 137 found in the sediment of Lake Biel and dating back to 2000 through the discharge of contaminated waste water into the Aar river that feeds into the lake, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) downstream, the weekly reported.

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View of Dungeness B power Station in kent, UK

 

Tritium found in ground water around Dungeness nuclear plant

 

An investigation has been launched to find the source of the leak, which has seen levels of tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, rise above normal.

 

Tritium is a waste product from the processing of nuclear fuels and the storage of spent fuel.

 

The Office of the Nuclear Regulator, which is part of the Health and Safety Executive, said inspectors had found elevated tritium concentrations during routine water monitoring in three boreholes around the site in Kent since October 2012.

 

Inspectors recorded tritium levels of around 850 Becquerels per litre. The World Health Organisation’s guidelines allow a maximum of 10,000 Becquerels per litre in drinking water.

 

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said the three borehole where the tritium was found were not close to any drinking water sources.

 

 

 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released the results of a comprehensive survey that looks at the health of thousands of stream and river miles across the country, and frankly the results are not very encouraging.

The survey was conducted as part of an ongoing effort by the EPA to determine which rivers and streams are healthy, which are improving, and which require more protection and restoration efforts.

During the summers of 2008 and 2009, data was collected from 1,924 river and stream sites across the country. EPA, state and university scientists analyzed the data to determine the extent to which these waters support aquatic life. Factors including biological quality, chemical stressors, physical habitat stressors, human health indicators, and change in stream conditions were all analyzed.

As a result of this survey, the EPA found that more than half — 55 percent — are in poor condition for aquatic life.

Cultures for Health

“The health of our Nation’s rivers, lakes, bays and coastal waters depends on the vast network of streams where they begin, and this new science shows that America’s streams and rivers are under significant pressure,” said Office of Water Acting Assistant Administrator Nancy Stoner. “We must continue to invest in protecting and restoring our nation’s streams and rivers as they are vital sources of our drinking water, provide many recreational opportunities, and play a critical role in the economy.”

Findings of the assessment include:

Nitrogen and phosphorus are at excessive levels.

Twenty-seven percent of the nation’s rivers and streams have excessive levels of nitrogen, and 40 percent have high levels of phosphorus. Too much nitrogen and phosphorus in the water causes significant increases in algae, which harms water quality, food resources and habitats, and decreases the oxygen that fish and other aquatic life need to survive.

Streams and rivers are at an increased risk due to decreased vegetation cover and increased human disturbance.

These conditions can cause streams and rivers to be more vulnerable to flooding, erosion, and pollution.

Increased bacteria levels.

High bacterial levels were found in nine percent of stream and river miles making those waters potentially unsafe for swimming and other recreation.

Increased mercury levels.

More than 13,000 miles of rivers have fish with mercury levels that may be unsafe for human consumption.

Read the National Rivers and Streams Assessment Collaborative Survey at US EPA.

See the  press release at US EPA Newsroom.

Water pollution image via Shutterstock.

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Drugs in Drinking Water: There is an unhealthy cocktail of drugs in your drinking water. With each sip, you self-medicate with anti-anxiety and even psychotropic drugs.

Drugs in drinking waterWithout knowing it, you are being medicated.  Maybe even now you have a cup of coffee or tea in hand, filled with water compliments of your local municipal system.  Think those sodas and energy drinks are any better?  Think again.  Unless the water is specifically filtered for pharmaceuticals, you’re still getting dosed.

There is an unhealthy cocktail of drugs in your drinking water.

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Česky: Pitná voda - kohoutek Español: Agua potable

The idea of turning treated sewage into drinking water may give some people pause.

But with lake levels having officially dropped below 40 percent of capacity on Tuesday, this onetime oil boomtown plans to move ahead with the technology. The city hopes to produce five million gallons of water a day next year with potable-reuse technology, which officials say is safe.

“There was probably a lot of reservations about reuse water projects when we first discussed it in the late ’90s,” Mayor Glenn Barham said. Now, with the drought, he said people have “realized we’ve got to take steps to make our water supply stable.

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Česky: Pitná voda - kohoutek Español: Agua potable

Česky: Pitná voda – kohoutek Español: Agua potable (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The quality of water coming out of the taps here in Melbourne is simply abysmal. Melbourne Water Corporation, the organization responsible for the water supply, does its best to fool people into thinking that the water is safe and fit for human consumption. The truth couldn’t be further away.

First, though, I’d like to start with a little introductory video. It’s about 8 minutes long, but goes over a few things that I’ll get into greater detail on below.

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‘A recent study conducted by a German university found very high concentrations of glyphosate, a carcinogenic chemical found in herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup, in all urine samples tested.

The amount of glyphosate found in the urine was staggering, with each sample containing concentrations at 5- to 20-fold the limit established for drinking water.

This is just one more piece of evidence that herbicides are, at the very least, being sprayed out of control.’

Read more: Monsanto’s Infertility-Linked Roundup Found in All Urine Samples Tested

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‘Groundbreaking new research has linked sodium fluoride to cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. Researchers found that fluoride consumption directly stimulates the hardening of your arteries, a condition known as atherosclerosis that is highly correlated with the #1 killer. Sodium fluoride is currently added to the water supply of many cities worldwide, despite extreme opposition from health professionals and previous studies linking it to decreased IQ and infertility.’

Read more: Fluoride Linked to the Number One Cause of Death in New Research

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21 Dec 2011 HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Sequoyah Nuclear Plant is under investigation

Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant near Chattanooga,...

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after a ‘small’ amount of tritium was found in the ground water. TVA Spokesman Ray Golden says tests found 23,000 picocuries of tritium in one of the 16 wells on site. That’s 3,000 above the EPA’s limit of 20,000 picocuries in drinking water.

 TVA nuclear plant under investigation after tritium found in water

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