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Hundreds of Chemicals Found in (WI)'s Tap Water
Madison.com via AP Wire ^ | December 20, 2005 | John Helprin

Posted on 12/20/2005 12:28:14 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON - Drinking water may have a lot more in it than just H20 and fluoride, according to an environmental group's analysis of records in 42 states, including Wisconsin.

A survey by the Environmental Working Group released today found 141 unregulated chemicals and an additional 119 for which the Environmental Protection Agency has set health-based limits. Most common among the chemicals found were disinfection byproducts, nitrates, chloroform, barium, arsenic and copper.

The research and advocacy organization compiled findings from the states that agreed to provide data they collected from 1998 to 2003. That data comes from nearly 40,000 water utilities, serving 231 million people. The utilities were required by federal law to report that data to consumers.

For the unregulated chemicals, the EPA is still identifying and considering the potential risks for possible future regulations. Nineteen of those chemicals exceeded the EPA's unenforced safety guidelines for tap water systems serving at least 10,000 people, according to the advocacy group.

The EPA gathers its own water monitoring data, reviews the latest research and looks at treatment methods and technology, an agency spokeswoman said. States also are free to set their own safety standards for contaminants that may not be detected in other states.

Benjamin Grumbles, who heads the EPA's Office of Water, said that "for the chemicals the agency regulates, nearly 100 percent of the community water systems that provide drinking water to the majority of Americans are meeting clean drinking water standards. We also have a process to continuously identify new contaminants for which regulation could reduce risks."

Jane Houlihan, the EWG's vice president for research, said the group's findings show that the United States allows millions of people to be exposed to some chemicals for which the EPA either has never considered the risks or if it has, has no enforceable limits.

"So in many communities the water that comes out of the tap could be contaminated with scores of chemicals. People shouldn't be alarmed, but they should be concerned. Our system of public health protections isn't working in this case," Houlihan said.

The top 10 states, listed in order of the most contaminants in their drinking water, were: California, Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Illinois, according to the EWG, which listed the biggest sources as agriculture, industry and urban and sprawl developments.

Tom Curtis, a deputy director of the Denver-based American Water Works Association, echoed Grumbles' comments. "That's good news, and it's a reflection of water professionals' ongoing commitment to protecting public health," he said.

Curtis said the EPA has "a systematic approach to determining which substances should be regulated. Those regulations take into account occurrence data and health effects research, and should reflect the best available science."


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1 posted on 12/20/2005 12:28:15 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

mmmm...disinfection byproducts, nitrates, chloroform, barium, arsenic and copper.
More for your money.


2 posted on 12/20/2005 12:31:15 PM PST by Redcitizen (My tagline can beat up your honor tagline)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

There is no such thing as pure water.


3 posted on 12/20/2005 12:32:37 PM PST by Raycpa
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

This explains alot about Wisconsin.


4 posted on 12/20/2005 12:33:04 PM PST by add925 (The Left = Xenophobes in Denial)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
A survey by the Environmental Working Group released today found 141 unregulated chemicals and an additional 119 for which the Environmental Protection Agency has set health-based limits. Most common among the chemicals found were disinfection byproducts, nitrates, chloroform, barium, arsenic and copper.

The state is giving away all those chemicals and not taxing people for them? Someone better get on the stick.

5 posted on 12/20/2005 12:33:46 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
We also have a process to continuously identify new contaminants for which regulation could reduce risks."

We will continually search for new things to regulate and thereby protect our jobs.

6 posted on 12/20/2005 12:33:50 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

What are the concentrations? The poison is in the dosage.


7 posted on 12/20/2005 12:33:54 PM PST by KarlInOhio (What is the most obscene gesture to a Democrat? An Iraqi voter showing him a stained finger.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Milwaukee still has serious clean water problems due to local government ineptitude. I'm one of the 100's of thousands that was infected by cryptosporidiosis thanks to the city's practice of dumping untreated sewage in Lake Michigan then returning the water to my faucet.
8 posted on 12/20/2005 12:34:42 PM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; MamaDearest; Velveeta

BumPing

Heard this on WGN at Noon


9 posted on 12/20/2005 12:34:45 PM PST by JustPiper (what news IS news stays silent)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Chemicals!!! Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Run for your lives!

10 posted on 12/20/2005 12:34:54 PM PST by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I wonder what ever became of the case of the woman that was pushed into and drowned in a water treatment tank (I think in Jersey), while she was running a test, a few months ago?


11 posted on 12/20/2005 12:35:32 PM PST by polymuser (Losing, like flooding, brings rats to the surface.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
which listed the biggest sources as agriculture, industry and urban and sprawl developments.

So the only thing which isn't a source for contaminants is free-range spotted owl poop.

12 posted on 12/20/2005 12:35:45 PM PST by KarlInOhio (What is the most obscene gesture to a Democrat? An Iraqi voter showing him a stained finger.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Goodbye to everyone up there.


13 posted on 12/20/2005 12:36:13 PM PST by bmwcyle (Evolution is a myth -- Libertarians just won't evolve into Conservatives.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
This is more a matter of improvements in the apparent sensitivity of chemical analytical instrumentation than it is any change in the quality of water.

Just because you can detect dimethyl chickenwire at 0.0000000000000000000000001 PPB doesn't mean it is going to hurt you.

14 posted on 12/20/2005 12:36:16 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam Factoid:After forcing young girls to watch his men execute their fathers, Muhammad raped them.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Wow, I was worried, I thought they said Beer had these problems. Most in WI have beer on tap not water so they are safe.


15 posted on 12/20/2005 12:37:22 PM PST by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: KarlInOhio
What are the concentrations? The poison is in the dosage.

Exactly. Talk to me in ppm or ppb or shut your alarmist pieholes.

16 posted on 12/20/2005 12:38:56 PM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: avg_freeper

Support the Ban on Dihydrogen Monoxide.Contact your local state senator today.


17 posted on 12/20/2005 12:39:50 PM PST by Redcitizen (My tagline can beat up your honor tagline)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

F-ing moronic - look hard enough you will find a lot anywhere. We got Uranium atoms in ourselves, for the love-o-pete


18 posted on 12/20/2005 12:40:17 PM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: avg_freeper

We should all be drinking that expensive French water. I'm sure it's much safer.


19 posted on 12/20/2005 12:40:22 PM PST by mlc9852
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To: KarlInOhio
So the only thing which isn't a source for contaminants is free-range spotted owl poop.

I read that as inner-city urban dwellers, i.e. blue-staters. Imagine that.

20 posted on 12/20/2005 12:40:45 PM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
What is frightening is the chemical with the highest concentration: dihydrogen monoxide -- the silent killer!
21 posted on 12/20/2005 12:41:10 PM PST by kevkrom ("Zero-sum games are transactions mostly initiated by thieves and governments." - Walter Williams)
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To: Redcitizen

Arsenic is not a chemical. It's a friggin' Element. God put it there.


22 posted on 12/20/2005 12:41:14 PM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

No wonder the Packers stink.


23 posted on 12/20/2005 12:41:52 PM PST by Luke21 (Political correctness is the insane religion of our rulers.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I wonder which bottled water company/consortium paid for this study?


24 posted on 12/20/2005 12:41:55 PM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I don't know, I always thought chloroform would be good for most democrats.


25 posted on 12/20/2005 12:42:29 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo ("When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk!")
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I'm telling ya, I KNEW something was going on there. All the wacko new coming out of that state recently...


26 posted on 12/20/2005 12:42:51 PM PST by InsureAmerica (Evil? I have many words for it. We are as dust, to them. - v v putin)
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To: Redcitizen

I like Dihydrogen Monoxide--it keeps me going thru the day!


27 posted on 12/20/2005 12:43:37 PM PST by richardtavor (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem in the name of the G-d of Jacob)
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To: KarlInOhio

Your post and tagline are outstanding. Good work..


28 posted on 12/20/2005 12:44:35 PM PST by InsureAmerica (Evil? I have many words for it. We are as dust, to them. - v v putin)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; All

There's water in the chemicals there - a real conflagration of interests


29 posted on 12/20/2005 12:45:59 PM PST by InsureAmerica (Evil? I have many words for it. We are as dust, to them. - v v putin)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Hundreds of Chemicals Found in (WI)'s John Helprin's body--(Worth about $37--"Oh the Humanity!")


30 posted on 12/20/2005 12:46:19 PM PST by richardtavor (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem in the name of the G-d of Jacob)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

All those meth and LSD labs in Racine?...........


31 posted on 12/20/2005 12:47:54 PM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: Luke21

OOOOOOHHH! Holy MNF!.........


32 posted on 12/20/2005 12:48:43 PM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: Redcitizen

Aw, you beat me to the Dihydrogen Monoxide gag ^^


33 posted on 12/20/2005 12:49:35 PM PST by pogo101
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To: bmwcyle

....as they wave with all four arms..............and cry with all three eyes.........


34 posted on 12/20/2005 12:50:02 PM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: richardtavor

Yes but too much will kill you. Absorb in Moderation.


35 posted on 12/20/2005 12:52:29 PM PST by Redcitizen (My tagline can beat up your honor tagline)
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To: pogo101

That's okay. Let's share. I'll take the O2 and you can have the H.


36 posted on 12/20/2005 12:53:59 PM PST by Redcitizen (My tagline can beat up your honor tagline)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

That's why I live on the side of a mountain and have a well.


37 posted on 12/20/2005 12:55:19 PM PST by x5452
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To: randog

also need to consider the chronic implications from continued exposure to low-levels of these chemicals. living in california, i'm definatley aware and somewhat concerned about the level of agricultural chemicals that find their way into our water. the ag community seems to get away with a lot out here WRT taking care of their ag run-off, and i imagine it's similar around the country. we should hold the ag community to the same standards that we hold industry and local governments.


38 posted on 12/20/2005 12:55:22 PM PST by jay-pee
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

The good news is that in the US, the little black things in the water aren't moving.

In the early 70s at Bechtel's slurry pipeline lab, I worked on a physical, as opposed to chemical, analysis of San Francisco's water.

The drinking water had more suspended solids and greater turbibity on average, than the San Francisco sewerage samples we used for comparison.

That is not to say it wasn't sanitary; just that it had more guk floating & suspended in it.


39 posted on 12/20/2005 12:56:48 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

40 posted on 12/20/2005 1:00:11 PM PST by FreedomFarmer (Facts without theory is trivia. Theory without facts is socialism.)
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To: KarlInOhio

"The poison is in the dosage."

Of course. That's why they're not telling us.


41 posted on 12/20/2005 1:05:06 PM PST by Pessimist
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To: kevkrom

DHMO is effectively rendered potable with a Dewer's flask.


42 posted on 12/20/2005 1:10:25 PM PST by polymuser (Losing, like flooding, brings rats to the surface.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Environmental Working Group
Also known as a "project" of the Tides Center

"EWG’s game plan is simple. It releases “scientific” analyses designed to make the public (especially parents) worry tremendously about tiny amounts of pesticide exposure from fruits and vegetables. Throwing around phrases like “cancer risk” and “nervous system toxicity” attracts press coverage and lends EWG the veneer of scientific respectability. The “Environmental Worrying Group,” as some commentators have dubbed the organization, then goes on to recommend that Americans “buy as much organic food as possible” in order to avoid the supposed health risks associated with these pesky chemicals."

http://www.activistcash.com/organization_overview.cfm/oid/113


43 posted on 12/20/2005 1:26:16 PM PST by polymuser (Losing, like flooding, brings rats to the surface.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

The most common substance was an oxide of hydrogen.


44 posted on 12/20/2005 1:30:24 PM PST by IronJack
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
When, oh when, are we finally going to deal with this problem and outlaw chemicals?
45 posted on 12/20/2005 1:35:41 PM PST by PMCarey
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To: polymuser

it's easy to attack the messenger--and i have no idea what this group is about--but i think it's quite naive to think our water supply is being looked after by agricultural or industrial forces. we should be wary of what groups like this spew out, but we can also agree that we produce and use many different types of chemicals, a majority that we have no idea how they affect us. and like it or not, everything we make ultimately ends up in our water.


46 posted on 12/20/2005 1:39:19 PM PST by jay-pee
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Breaking News...

AP - Madison, Wisconsin 12/20/05 - CH4, a greenhouse gas, found to be caused by beer and cheese factories.

47 posted on 12/20/2005 1:43:43 PM PST by add925 (The Left = Xenophobes in Denial)
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To: jay-pee
but i think it's quite naive to think our water supply is being looked after by agricultural or industrial forces.

No, its being looked after by government bureacracy. That makes me feel a whole lot better.

/s

48 posted on 12/20/2005 1:46:01 PM PST by add925 (The Left = Xenophobes in Denial)
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To: Raycpa

Just so. Unless of course the test is insensitive.


49 posted on 12/20/2005 1:47:46 PM PST by dhuffman@awod.com (The conspiracy of ignorance masquerades as common sense.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Saddam hid his WMD's in MADISON!!!

Figures


50 posted on 12/20/2005 1:47:46 PM PST by Pete'sWife (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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