Our water is fracked to the max!
Cancer-Causing Hexavalent Chromium In Tap Water Of 89% Of US Sampled Cities
Carcinogenic hexavalent chromium, the “Erin Brockovich chemical” was found in the tap water of 31 cities out of a total of 35 tested by The Environmental Working Group. The scientists estimate that at least 74 million people in the USA in 42 states regularly drink chromium-tainted water, and a considerable proportion of it is in the carcinogenic hexavalent form.
Top five cities tested:
- Norman, Oklahoma, population – 89,952 – Hexavalent chromium level 12.9 ppb
- Honolulu, Hawaii: population – 661,004 – Hexavalent chromium level 2.00 ppb
- Riverside, California, population – 280,832 – Hexavalent chromium level 1.69 ppb
- Madison, Wisconsin, population – 200,814 – Hexavalent chromium level 1.58 ppb
- San Jose, California, population – 979,000 – Hexavalent chromium level 1.34 ppb
Click here to see a USA map showing toxin levels by state. But this map does not show Midland, Texas and I can’t understand why because they have one of the worst cases of CR6 poisoning in history.
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CR6 is a chemical commonly used in hydraulic fracturing.
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What exactly does natural gas drilling have to do with pollution in Honolulu, Phoenix, Boston or Atlanta? None of those cities are an epicenter of natural gas drilling of any sort. For the totally clueless, the prior sentence was sarcasm as there is no natural gas drilling in those areas. Other than acting as a way to get this group's name publicized and to stir up the usual clueless media frenzy, what was the scientific basis of this study, what was the criteria used to interpret the data and has it been peer-reviewed and by whom? Keep in mind they just finally got around to admitting that saccharin was safe all these years and never was a potential carcinogen. And stirring up a public/media frenzy, especially if you can get a few politicians to start threats of regulations around, is a great fund-raiser.
Who mentioned natural gas drilling? Did you see something about natural gas drilling?
So, you're comparing saccharin to hexavelant chromium now? Because they now say that saccharin is safe (that could change again) then other chemicals thought to be dangerous must be safe? My logic meter is buried up in the WTF column.
Please, please heavily regulate the safety of my water. We already have children born pre contaminated.
Mike H. says
Hexavalent chromium is like benzene: The more they study it, the worse it looks.
I'm in San Jose, & I've been using bottled RO water, due to having lead soldered plumbing. Now I have another reason to use bottled water.
This should cause some fireworks for our local water districts!
We live in central nebraska. All my grandparents died of cancer. I've got it at 41. It's bad here. I hope they figure it out soon before more die.