Pennsyvlania Groups Warn of Nuclear Plant Dangers to Drinking Water

Nuclear plants in the U.S. and abroad are putting drinking water sources at risk, two Pennsylvania environmental groups claim. The groups pointed to the a continuing nuclear crisis in Japan that originated with last year’s catastrophic tsunami as an example of a nuclear power plant that impacted drinking water supplies thousands of miles away.

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China Cadmium Spill Threatens Drinking Water For Millions

A cancer-causing cadmium discharge from a mining company has polluted a long stretch of two rivers in southern China, and officials warned some 3.7 million people of Liuzhou in the Guangxi region to avoid drinking water from the river, state media reported on Friday.

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Clovis Sues Dow, Shell Oil Over Fouled Water

Clovis is suing two chemical manufacturing giants over the toxic remains of a farm fumigant found in drinking-water wells around the community of nearly 100,000 people.

The case will be watched closely by other San Joaquin Valley cities also suing over the same contamination. Clean-water advocates fear this powerful and unregulated chemical, which has been linked to cancer, has been in wells throughout the region for years.

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Water a basic right, U.N. says.

Access to clean drinking water and sanitation is a basic human right, the U.N. General Assembly said in a symbolic resolution.

The U.N. General Assembly passed a measure with no opposition that puts clean drinking water and sanitation on the same footing as the right to live without racial discrimination.

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Delaware Drinking Water at Risk: Prescription drugs on tap from major suppliers

Newly released details from a state drinking water study show that prescription drugs and personal care chemicals have crept into water supplies used by every major water utility tested.

The results, provided in response to a request from The News Journal, show smatterings of medicines ranging from analgesics and antibiotics to anti-convulsives and hormones in water used both by public and private companies, including all three of New Castle County’s largest public utilities and major suppliers in Kent and Sussex counties.

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Pinellas Health Department tests more wells for arsenic

Clearwater, Florida — Dozens of calls are coming into the Pinellas Health Department after an alert went out to homeowners in North County with private drinking water wells.

Environmental specialist Lisa Frazier says the department has received more than 70 calls so far in one day after random water samples showed high levels of arsenic.

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UN expert welcomes declaration that clean water and sanitation is a human right

A United Nations expert today welcomed the General Assembly’s declaration this week that safe and clean drinking water is a human right, calling it a “landmark resolution” that sends an important signal to the world.

Catarina de Albuquerque, the UN Independent Expert on human rights, water and sanitation, issued a statement in which she said the declaration augured well for the summit at UN Headquarters in New York in September, when world leaders are set to review progress towards the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Treating stormwater management as regional issue

Many local officials are understandably worried about state requirements that they spend millions of dollars on keeping polluted run-off out of the state’s streams and drinking water sources.

But while townships from Montgomery, Chester, Berks and Delaware counties have joined together to make their voice heard in Harrisburg, few people are offering an alternative.

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Volcano ash sparks health fears

HEALTH authorities have warned that the fallout of volcanic ash over parts of Iceland could jeopardize the safety of its drinking water.

And a geophysicist said the eruption showed no signs of abating.

Halldor Runolfsson from the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority said there were concerns for human health but the greatest risk was to livestock.

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Oklahoma reservoirs unsafe for swimming, but OK for drinking?

Blue-green algae is thriving in Oklahoma’s reservoirs this summer due to the combined factors of high heat, drought, and the resulting stagnant water, reports News9.com. Although the presence of thealgae, which can be toxic to humans and animals, prevents people from swimming in the reservoirs around Oklahoma City, News9.com advises that water treatment officials say drinking water is safe. Water treatment plants use a process that eliminates the algae from the public drinking water.

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Fluoride spill at water facility burns through parking lot cement

A spill of a highly corrosive chemical, Hydrofluorosilicic acid, at a water facility in Illinois literally burned through the concrete. Interesting fact: this chemical is directly added to drinking water as fluoride.

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FLUORIDATION 101

In 1999, the Department of Health commissioned CRD to conduct a systematic review into the efficacy and safety of the fluoridation of drinking water. The review specifically looked at the effects on dental caries/decay, social inequalities and any harmful effects. The review was published on the CRD Fluoridation Review website and in the BMJ in October 2000.

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