Health

Desperate Acts To Poison Our Drinking Water?

Reposted from: Activist Post | By Melissa Dykes

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Hormone-mimicking, endocrine-disrupting nightmare?

Wow. Just… wow.

You know it’s bad when the people in charge have decided the “answer” to keeping the water from evaporating in the drought and turning carcinogenic due to toxic chemical reactions is to spend millions of dollars to pour millions of black plastic balls into reservoirs to block sunlight from hitting the water.

Because we all know that hormone-disrupting chemicals never leach into liquids from hot plastic … See for yourself:

Via Boing Boing:

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is buying 80 million 4-inch black polyethylene balls to cover the surfaces of three Los Angeles reservoirs that serve 4 million residents. At a cost of 33 cents each, the hollow spheres are designed to block sunlight from turning bromide and chlorine in the water into bromate, a suspected carcinogen.

Do the math. That’s twenty-six million four hundred thousand dollars the LA Water Dept. is spending on plastic balls to fill the reservoirs with. Actually, NPR is reporting the total cost of the project at $34.5 million. Other outlets say 96 million “shade balls” have now been deployed in California to save the water from becoming carcinogenic.

But wait, others say it’s just to save water from evaporation.

Fox News is claiming this entire thing is just to stop the water from evaporating to help amid the drought. The article just up today on Fox makes zero mention of bromide or other toxic chemical reactions in the water. The whole thing is about praise for a creative, low-tech, cheap solution to save water. (In the comments someone wrote, “So I’m no bio scientist, but doesn’t dark, wet conditions avoiding ultra violet lights, breed bacteria?”)

News Channel 4 began with “On Tuesday, officials released thousands of “shade balls” to protect the water from dust, chemicals, wildlife and — most importantly — evaporation.”

“Most importantly” evaporation?

Either way, Bloomberg reported:

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has now dumped 96 million balls into local reservoirs to reduce evaporation and block sunlight from encouraging algae growth and toxic chemical reactions.

“Toxic chemical reactions.”

That’s just sad in-and-of itself that the water is in such a deplorable condition that sunlight, which is normally a cleansing agent, could transform said water — a basic resource most living things on this planet need to live — (along with the chemicals they purposefully add to it) into a deadly carcinogen.

But also:

The balls are coated with a chemical that blocks ultraviolet light and helps the spheres last as long as 25 years. Las Virgenes, north of L.A., now uses shade balls, too.

So that’s wonderful. While the measure is expected to save 300 million gallons of water a year, just how contaminated with chemicals, especially those of the hormone-disrupting/mimicking variety, will be in that water?

First of all, what is the chemical coating these plastic balls that blocks ultraviolet light comprised of exactly? Does that leach over time? Are they sure it doesn’t? No mention in the press, so I guess someone somewhere deemed it’s “safe” (a word that means less and less these days in the modern American corporatocracy and its bought-and-paid-for bureaucratic circles…).

Going back to elementary school, doesn’t black absorb heat faster than lighter colors? Wouldn’t that hasten evaporation?

BEYOND even all of that though…

Even though the FDA has declared that polyethylene is “BPA-free,” we’ve reported before that being deemed BPA-free does not automatically mean a plastic formulation does not leach other hormone mimickers anyway:

Studies suggest that many alternatives to BPA sold in stores may still be dangerous estrogen mimickers and/or endocrine disruptors – particularly when used with hot foods or liquids.

In fact, most every plastic does leach these hormone mimickers and/or endocrine disruptors, especially when heated.

From the blog “My Plastic Free Life”:

Which plastics are safe? I get that question all the time…

My response: we can’t be sure any plastic is safe as long as we don’t know what chemicals are in the plastic and as long as those chemicals have not been tested. I’ve said this over and over again. And I’ve pointed out chemical additives that have been found to leach from “safe” plastics like polypropylene.

Now, a University of Texas study published last month in Environmental Health Perspectives confirms that hormone-disrupting chemicals leach from almost all plastics, even BPA-free plastics…

Their finding? Almost all of the plastic products tested leached EA [Estrogen Activity] chemicals.

The very least that most of us attempt to do is avoid plastic when it is coming in contact with our food and drink, so that we won’t be directly ingesting these chemicals when we dine. If we can’t for one reason or another, we definitely avoid using plastic in combination with hot food and drink.

Why? Because hormone mimickers and endocrine disruptors can cause a multitude of health problems including cancer!!!

Now California has purposefully dumped 96 million pieces of plastic into the drinking water to float on the water’s surface all day long every single day and bake in the sun.

Who knows what the long-term effects of this seemingly short-sighted, quick fix is going to be down the road. Don’t worry though. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said it’s safe on Facebook, so…

And you can clearly see the way this is being portrayed as utterly brilliant in the mainstream media: “YAY! We’re saving the water!”

Uh… Am I the only one here who feels like this is an insanely stupid?

About the Author

Melissa Dykes (formerly Melton) is a co-founder of TruthstreamMedia.com. She is an experienced researcher, graphic artist and investigative journalist with a passion for liberty and a dedication to truth. Her aim is to expose the New World Order for what it is — a prison for the human soul from which we must break free.

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Native American Tribe Vows To Hold EPA Accountable For Toxic Spill In Colorado

From: Activist Post | By Cassius Methyl and Nick Bernabe

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The Navajo Nation declared a state of emergency this week after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed they were responsible for not one, but three million gallons of toxic mining wastewater spilled into the Animas River in Colorado. According to the EPA, the contamination is composed of cadmium, arsenic, lead, aluminum, and copper.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye vowed to hold the EPA fully responsible for its spill, saying “The EPA was right in the middle of the disaster, and we intend to make sure the Navajo Nation recovers every dollar it spends cleaning up this mess and every dollar it loses as a result of injuries to our precious Navajo natural resources.”

According to Indian Country Today, “Residents along the San Juan River have been warned to stay away from the waterway. It is closed until further notice and should not be used to water crops or feed animals.”

The Navajo Nation has demanded that the EPA provide the affected tribe(s) with water until the river is once again usable. It is currently unclear whether or not the agency will comply with this demand. Civil lawsuits now seem to be the restitution to recover damages from this spill since it is highly unlikely the EPA will pay any upfront fines for the leak, according to a former EPA official.

Navajo Nation President Begaye has “instructed Navajo Nation Department of Justice to take immediate action against the EPA to the fullest extent of the law to protect Navajo families and resources.”

Other damages to the local recreation economy and ecosystem are expected to add up, though the extent of the damages is not known at this time.

This is just the most recent case where Native American land was polluted, not to mention where their basic necessities and rights were violated by the federal government. In many of these instances, little to nothing was done to compensate them for the damage.

The Navajo Nation is no stranger to environmental negligence at the hands of the federal government and greedy corporations, which make their money extracting resources from native lands. For decades, uranium was mined from their land. According to the EPA,

Today the mines are closed, but a legacy of uranium contamination remains, including over 500 abandoned uranium mines (AUMs) as well as homes and drinking water sources with elevated levels of radiation. Potential health effects include lung cancer from inhalation of radioactive particles, as well as bone cancer and impaired kidney function from exposure to radionuclides in drinking water.

Despite the EPA’s claims to the contrary, this contamination is yet to be legitimately addressed even though the last uranium mines were shut down in 1986. In fact, the uranium industry is still trying to open new mines in or near Navajo land, despite the fact that the mess remains from previous mining operations. The Navajo Nation is still fighting for it to be cleaned up and to attain compensation for the countless victims who have fallen ill from radiation exposure.

Currently, Native American Indians face another dire threat to their environment and resources from Big Oil interests and their in-pocket politicians, who are pushing for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The controversial pipeline is facing heavy opposition from indigenous groups because it would pass through reservation land in the U.S., extracting oil from prized native areas in Canada. While much is made from both the right and left about the pros and cons of the pipeline, these politicians and interest groups have so far disregarded the Native Americans’ concerns about the project.

The bottom line is that there are many environmental problems afflicting Native Americans and their land, and much of the time, these issues are neglected and even sustained by the people who cause them. Most times, complaints about these abuses fall on deaf government ears.

The EPA’s toxic spill into the Animas River serves to highlight the continued abuses that indigenous populations in North America have suffered at the hands of governments and moneyed-interests since Europeans first “discovered” the Americas.

About the Authors

Cassius Methyl and Nick Bernabe write for theAntiMedia.orgAnti-Media Radio airs weeknights at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. If you spot a typo, email edits@theantimedia.org.

Cassius Methyl joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in March of 2014. His topics of interest include thinking, creating a future, deep spirituality, and astrology. He resides in Sacramento, California. Learn more about Methyl here!

 

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