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LEAD AIN'T DEAD: POISONED WATER

Water is a necessity to life and for 25% of Americans, it can kill them in the long run. We're talking arsenic and nitrate water.

3,000 areas have poisoning rates that horrendously exceed Flint, Michigan (link).

This is an alarming panorama of modern America where amenities themselves are a gamble.

Water worries are their highest since 2001-D.C.'s water disaster.

Life and death in Flint, Michigan are too close together.

How did such a "winning" system fail in protecting the most vulnerable citizens: children?

 There is poison in the blood. Where can we find an answer to this?

Below is PBS' documentary Poisoned Water, further commentary on Flint and analysis on the nationwide water crisis.

 


POISONED WATER ACROSS U.S.

Poisoned Water paints a devastating reality.


(D-PA) Senator Matt Cartwright shaming Governor Rick Snyder for his corrupt role in Flint water management

Neglect by leadership and the EPA has formed a vicious cycle: poverty, pollution,
low investment, health defects and creation of inescapable ghettoes with high lead levels.

278 zip codes have double the likelihood of this. 1,100 communities had lead tests four times Flint's. And in 4 million households, kids are greatly affected.

5% of Flint's children test for high lead levels.

SYSTEMIC FAILURE


2015 NRDC map of 5,363 water systems in violation of EPA standards. This has worsened since then.

A related report released that only 908 cases were pursued by the EPA, out of 8,000 (Washington Post).

NRDC's latest report Threats on Tap indicates that 80,000 violations hover over drinking water systems in each state. Underreporting's a given, so that number is considerably higher.

This sick system has succeeded in toxifying nature's foundations, and the people who depend on them. Fracking, industry production, outdated water systems and weak environmental regulation have combined into a nightmare scenario.

Dozens of American cities, states and towns face a particularly rough predicament like Flint.

Take Warren, PA on the Allegheny, a quiet riverside town where 36% of the local children are lead-poisoned.

 

WHISTLEBLOWERS PUNISHED

People fighting for justice have been poisoned themselves or otracized.

Marc Edwards is a significant professor and expert on plumbing corrosion. He came to a horrifying realization about  Washington, D.C.'s drinking water in 2003. Edwards worked for WASA (D.C.'s Water and Sewage Authority).

His research involved premature pipe corrosion around the metropolitan area. And the news was awful.

Chloramine treatment actually increased lead levels to 83 times the acceptable limit.

The EPA Lead and Copper Rule sets the standard for 15 parts per billion (ppb), above which utilities have to act on contamination.

Edwards diluted samples to 10% potency from the houses he visited. But meters still counted 1,250 ppb (Time).

Marc testified to the House of Representatives in 2010. He still demanded answers about CDC indifference.

"The lead levels in DC drinking water from 2001-2004 were unprecedented in modern history. Some samples exceeded “hazardous waste” criteria (>5,000 ppb).


Debris on the Potomac River, near the Kennedy Center in D.C.

And the contaminated water was present in tens of thousands of DC buildings including homes, apartments, offices, schools, daycare facilities and even the US Congress." (Flint Water Study)

Acidity in the Potomac increased with lead-based solder alone (x).

When Edwards rightfully challenged D.C. water agencies, the CDC claimed there were no risks from chloramine treatment. So they did not fix the issue until 2004.

Additional treatment as a "fix" has its drawbacks. Although chloramine may no longer dissolve in water mains, chemical testing and treatments are rife with problems.

This will be described more later.

 Edwards also discovered the fatal levels of lead in Flint. He combats water poisoning wherever the need arises.

Edwards makes his assessment of D.C.'s political intent known, after EPA cut ties and WASA diverted his research funding.


Marc Edwards

"To the extent that my experiences with individuals in the CDC Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch and the CDC Office of Science are any indication, there is a culture of scientific corruption." (Flint Water Study)

ENVIRONMENTAL DISCRIMINATION

If we mapped out pollution and similar poison rates, an ugly environmental racism trend emerges. Classism shows its face as well.

Baltimore's, Cleveland's, East Chicago's, Philadelphia's, Saint Louis' and Washington D.C.'s lower-income minority neighborhoods host population with generational exposure.

The tests in Baltimore range from 40% to 50% of residents over a decade.

 

HEALTH RISKS

Health consequences can be irreversible for lead and other metals or toxins, though some manage to overcome this. They include lags in mental and physical growth. High blood pressure and kidney problems can show in adulthood.


Detroit rapper Big Sean discussing his mother's recovery from lead poisoning. Big Sean's track 'Bigger Than Me' is about his home city and Flint.

Cognitive gaps and heightened aggression are persistent side effects.

Crime can be traced then from the blood. What's in it? Look deeper to see.

Freddie Gray was the focal point of 2015's Baltimore uprisings. He reportedly died in police custody after prior run-ins with law enforcement.

Gray's childhood is pivotal here: located in Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester district, a lead paint hotspot.

He lived there since two and suffered developmental issues that never went away.

Follow events throughout Gray's life, and it becomes clear destiny is determined by five digitswhere you live. This is not an uncommon story.

Health risks of D.C.'s lead water crisis are unbelievable.

SOLUTIONS

Let's petition Wall Street for their share of water systems donations. They are responsible for the loopholes in regulation.

Contaminated water will take billions to replace if each state wants taxpayers to drink safe, unleaded water.

The Trump administration, governmental bodies and water agencies must stand firmly on policy.

Emissions, natural gas and oil extraction, industry waste burdens and lead poisoning have to be part of a national conversation on health. Will the EPA stand up for nature this time?

The Safe Chemical Act could slap current health-hazard initiatives out of the way.

(D-NJ) Late Senator Frank Lautenberg proposed this progressive bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act in 2013 (EWG).

It'd ensure Americans know which priority chemicals to avoid. It provides a sure way to get health information.

Most importantly, the Safe Chemical Act's water system would be based on risk and science...not profit margins.

It shouldn't have to be the super-rich's backyard for them to care, if there's poisoned water.

Nicole Kali will convince the world this place is getting clean. Metal is for music, not blood.

Purify the water.