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The world was shocked when stories emerged about the toxic state of the municipal water supply in Flint, Michigan. Now it appears that the situation in the public water in the United States may be even worse than was previously thought. A new study has found that toxic chemicals are present in the water supplies in multiple US states and that the number of people who could have been unknowingly ingesting these cancer-causing substances could be as high as 15 million.
The majority of the chemicals that have been identified as common in American water supplies are perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) including Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). These chemicals come from everyday products including cookware, specialized outdoor clothing, food packaging and firefighting foam. These chemicals were identified as being present in much higher quantities in the public water supplies of twenty-seven states than the researchers had previously predicted. “It’s a much larger number than we thought before, “said Bill Walker, the managing editor of Environmental Working Group who worked on the project.
The team conducted a detailed analysis of the sources of the water contamination in forty-seven different locations all over the United States. They were able to discover that the pollution was coming from twenty different former industrial sites and twenty-one current and closed military bases. However, the team was unfortunately unable to locate the initial site of contamination in many cases.
It is hoped that the report will serve as a wake-up call for the authorities to safeguard the purity of the water system in the United States. According to leading experts, the levels of toxins present a serious public health risk. “The so-called safe drinking water limits are not safe; they are unsafe, “said one such expert, Philippe Grandjean.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the chemicals detected in this water analysis study were present in 98% of American’s blood which could present a danger to public health. The toxins are linked to various diseases such as testicular and kidney cancer and thyroid issues. They have also been linked to rendering childhood vaccinations ineffective against various infectious diseases.
— Krister Honkonen (@KHonkonen) 7. Juni 2017
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