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Environmental Working Group: Drinking Water in US is Contaminated with a Toxic Compound called PFC

Even small concentration of toxic chemical in drinking water is risky to general wellbeing

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Drinking Water for 15 million Americas is contaminated with toxic chemicals. Pixabay
  • Potable water for 15 million Americans in 27 states is polluted with a toxic compound
  • The toxic chemicals are called PFCs and are connected to cancer, thyroid disease, and weak immune system

June 11, 2017: According to a report released by a non-profit Environmental Working Group on Thursday, 15 million Americans living in 27 states may be consuming unsafe drinking water tainted with a toxic compound.

The toxic chemical, Perfluorochemicals (PFCs) is so deadly that it may cause cancer, thyroid disease, and weak immune system. Even a small concentration of this toxic substance in drinking water is viewed as a risk to general wellbeing, as indicated by the report by EWG and Northeastern University.

EWG reported that PFCs have waterproof and nonstick properties. They were formerly utilized as a part of many purchase items, including cookware, outdoor clothing, food packaging and firefighting foam.

Bill Walker, managing director of EWG stated in a press release, “It’s remarkable that the richest country on Earth can’t guarantee its citizens that their drinking water is completely safe and has no long-term health implications.”

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The EWG and Northeastern University made an interactive map consolidating information from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and publicly recorded cases of PFC contamination originating from assembling plants, military airbases, civilian airports and fire training sites.

It is clear that America is likely to have drinking water crises in future. In spite of the evident proofs of the health dangers of PFCs, there are no controls executed by the government against these chemicals.

The Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 is one of the underpinning environmental laws, consisting of rules that regulate about 100 contaminants found in drinking water. It has been a long time since the EPA has included another drinking water contaminant to the outdated Safe Drinking Water Act.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94

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Tens of Thousands of Tons of Contaminated Water from Fukushima Nuclear Plant to Be Released into Pacific Ocean

Tens of thousands of tons of contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant might have to be released into the Pacific Ocean,

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Contaminated Water, Fukushima, Nuclear Plant
FILE - Storage tanks for radioactive water are seen at Tokyo Electric Power Co's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, Feb. 18, 2019. VOA

Tens of thousands of tons of contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant might have to be released into the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s environment minister said Tuesday.

The water, used to cool damaged fuel cores after the plant was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, is being stored in giant tanks at the site. But the storage space is running out.

“The only option will be to drain it into the sea and dilute it,” Yoshiaki Harada said at a news briefing in Tokyo. “The whole of the government will discuss this, but I would like to offer my simple opinion.”

Tokyo Electric Power, which operates the nuclear plant, has said it will run out of storage space for the water in 2022.

Contaminated Water, Fukushima, Nuclear Plant
FILE – Workers are seen in front of storage tanks for radioactive water at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, Feb. 18, 2019. VOA

For the past eight years since the meltdown of Fukushima’s three reactors, some 200 tons of radioactive water have been pumped out of the damaged buildings every day.

At another meeting, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the government has not yet settled on a course of action. He said Harada’s opinions were his own.

“There is no fact that the method of disposal of contaminated water has been decided. The government would like to make a decision after making thorough discussion,” he said.

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Japan’s vast fishing industry, as well as its neighbor South Korea, have strongly opposed the idea of dumping the contaminated water into the ocean. (VOA)