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Activist Post: California Halts Tap Water Delivery as Drought Bites

Activist Post: California Halts Tap Water Delivery as Drought Bites.

Chris Carrington
Activist Post

California officials have warned that tap water may not be delivered to local agencies that distribute it to homes in the state. Two thirds of residents in the state and more than a million acres of farmland get part or all of their water from the California Department of Water Resources.

Mark Cowin director of the Water Resources Department said in an interview with Bloomberg:

This isn’t a coming crisis, this isn’t an evolving crisis. This is a current crisis.

This is the first time in the department’s history that it has predicted what it calls ‘zero allocation’, a situation that will affect about 25 million people.

The water originates n the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and from there is is distributed to local water agencies via a system of aqueducts, reservoirs, pipelines and pumping stations.

From this point forward, local distribution agencies will have to rely on other sources such as stored water and groundwater to try and keep their customers supplied.

Source:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-31/california-water-officials-cut-delivery-as-state-drought-deepens.html

Chris Carrington is a writer, researcher and lecturer with a background in science, technology and environmental studies. Chris is an editor for The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared. Wake the flock up!

Activist Post: West Virginia Health Officials Refuse to Accept Experts Findings on Elk River Contamination

Activist Post: West Virginia Health Officials Refuse to Accept Experts Findings on Elk River Contamination.

Chris Carrington
Activist Post

Even though the water in West Virginia has been declared safe, hospital admissions related to the spill have increased.

What has transpired is that the Center for Disease Control has set safety standards for pure MCHM (4-methylcyclohexaneemethol), but the stuff polluting the Elk River was far from pure. Containing a mix of up to seven chemicals, the crude MCHM that was discharged into the Elk River was something else entirely, and the CDC safety standards set for MCHM don’t cover it when mixed with other chemicals, what is referred to as crude MCHM.

Investigators still don’t know the full composition of the 10,000 gallon discharge into the Elk River. Freedom Industries, the company responsible with maintaining the storage tanks, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and, although hit with numerous law suits regarding the spill, they have been slow to provide information on the toxic cocktail that entered the river.

What is known is that water testing by the West Virginia Environmental Quality Board has shown that formaldehyde is present in the water supply. Scott Simonton of WVEQB said:

“I can guarantee that citizens in this valley are, at least in some instances, breathing formaldehyde. They’re taking a hot shower. This stuff is breaking down into formaldehyde in the shower or in the water system, and they’re inhaling it.”

“It’s frightening, it really is frightening,” the Charleston Gazette quoted Simonton telling state lawmakers. ”What we know scares us, and we know there’s a lot more we don’t know.”

He continued:

“We know that (crude MCHM) turns into other things, and these other things are bad,”.”And we haven’t been looking for those other things. So we can’t say the water is safe yet. We just absolutely cannot.”

Now that officials know other chemicals were present, they can start the process of hunting them down. The fear is that even though the all clear was given regarding the levels of pure MCHM, other chemicals, either singularly or in combination, could well be lurking in domestic pipes and tanks, and that those chemicals could break down into yet more harmful components.

For this reason residents have been told to flush their domestic systems to remove any lurking toxins, but even the best way to do that is open to dispute with experts disagreeing on the best method to use.

Andrew Welton, an environmental engineer from the University of South Alabama, went to West Virginia after the leak. He has been assisting residents to purge their systems, but using different guidelines to those used in West Virginia. For example, he recommends that residents should open windows and doors before starting the process and should use fans to remove fumes from homes. West Virginia officials say this is un-necessary.

Speaking to The West Virginia Gazette he said:

“I can’t believe they aren’t doing this. These issues aren’t being addressed. The long-term consequences of this spill are not being addressed.”

In another twist The commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health, Dr Letitia Tierney DISMISSED Simontons statement and said that the formaldehyde detected was unrelated to the chemical spill.

“Formaldehyde is naturally produced in very small amounts in our bodies as part of our normal, everyday metabolism and causes no harm,” Tierney’s statement said. “It can also be found in the air that we breathe at home and at work, in the food we eat, and in some products that we put on our skin.”

Simonton countered:

“Your level of what risk you will accept is up to you,” Simonton said. “I can only tell you what mine is, and I’m not drinking the water. (source)

While the arguing over who’s right and who’s wrong, it’s interesting to note that West Virginia officials are blaming the winter for some of the hospital admissions. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s office pointed to many reasons why hospital admissions are rising, namely the inability of a large number of people to wash their hands, which is an odd thing to say if they believe the water is safe to use. Or maybe they have washed their hands, and that’s why they are sick.

“We’re in the middle of flu and virus season,” Dr. Letitia Tierney of the state Bureau of Public Health said in the statement. “While the [hand] sanitizer is good for cleaning, it isn’t great for eliminating a virus. Some people are getting these viruses, as many people do every winter. In addition, a lot of people are getting very anxious. Anxiety is a real diagnosis, and it can be really hard on people and it’s OK to be seen by a health professional to ensure you’re OK.”

West Virginia health officials are playing around with the well-being of 300,000 people. It would be good if they could cut the crap and sort this situation out before someone dies.

Read more here and here.

Contributed by Chris Carrington of The Daily Sheeple where this article first appeared.

Chris Carrington is a writer, researcher and lecturer with a background in science, technology and environmental studies. Chris is an editor for The Daily Sheeple. Wake the flock up!

Activist Post: Clutching at Straws: The Latest Solution to Contaminated Groundwater From Fukushima

Activist Post: Clutching at Straws: The Latest Solution to Contaminated Groundwater From Fukushima.

Chris Carrington
Activist Post

The Japanese government and TEPCO have known for almost three years they had to find a solution to prevent radioactive water from the cooling operation at Fukushima from entering the Pacific Ocean.

Everyday TEPCO pumps tons of water into the damaged reactors to stop them from overheating. This water becomes radioactive, then seeps into the ground to contaminate the groundwater, which finds its way into the ocean.

They think they know how to stop the contamination, even though most scientists are skeptical.

They intend to do it by drilling a series of wells around number 2 and 3 reactors. A coolant will be pumped into the wells, freezing the soil solid and thus preventing the groundwater escaping …well that’s the theory at least.

The ‘fix’ is set to cost $320 million to construct and then the running costs on top of that. This technique is used in civil engineering projects, such as building subway tunnels and the like, and it works, temporarily, but there is no way of knowing how long it will work for. (source)

What happens if there’s another earthquake? What if the power to the pumps is interrupted, or the coolant supply runs out? None of these issues has, as yet, been mentioned.

Now I am no civil engineer, I am not a nuclear scientist either, but life experience tells me that no matter what method you use this can’t be fixed this way. Water will find a way; and if it can’t get past the frozen soil walls forming a ring around the reactor, it will go down even farther into the unfrozen soil at the bottom of the coolant well. Freeze the bottom soil and the water will just build up until the area is full to overflowing.

The same issues arise with the more permanent concrete barriers that some scientists are proposing. If they are bottomless, the water will just sink into the soil and will still eventually end up in the ocean. If they have a bottom, they will fill up, just like a kiddie pool but on a far vaster scale.

The relative irrelevancy of economics, government spying et al comes into very plain sight when you look at what is happening at Fukushima. Yes these other issues are important, but the continuance of the human race is at stake here.

This is why governments will not admit that radiation, and radioactive water from Fukushima is a problem…it is too big a problem for them to deal with.

We are talking about a situation that will be ongoing for decades. Marine life, which a huge proportion of the global population relies on as a source of protein, cannot sustain this kind of punishment on an ongoing basis.

The very air that we breathe is contaminated and will, over time, become more so, giving rise to increased miscarriages and cancers. As the soil becomes more contaminated so will the meat we eat from the cattle that has grazed on it. The plants that we rely upon to feed us will either not grow at all, or they will be contaminated.

Apart from containing this contaminated water in caskets and burying it for God knows how long, all these ‘fixes’ will amount to nought. Even if common sense did prevail, where in hell could you bury that amount of radioactive waste? Ask the United Nations to evict citizens of some far flung nation so a giant nuclear dump can be created maybe?

It may sound far fetched, but the Japanese government and TEPCO are rapidly running out of fixes. The international community is, on the surface at least denying there is a problem, purely because at this point they have no solution.

Unless something happens soon it wouldn’t be incorrect to say that the end of the world as we know it happened on March 11th 2011.

Chris Carrington is a writer, researcher and lecturer with a background in science, technology and environmental studies. Chris is an editor for The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared. Wake the flock up!

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