Most of Texas water supply contaminated with radiation!

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foreverfree:
http://www.khou.com/news/I-Team-How-safe-is-your--water--107010754.html

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HOUSTON -- Hundreds of water providers around the Gulf Coast region are providing drinking water to customers that contain radioactive contaminants that raise health risks, according to state lab results and public health scientists.

The revelations came to light during a four-month KHOU-TV investigation, which examined thousands of state laboratory tests from water providers across Texas.   The data, provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), ranged from 2004 to the present.  

..One particular type of radiation that popped up again and again, in water provided by utilities all across Texas, was something called alpha radiation, which public health scientists say can be particularly problematic when consumed.

“The alpha particle -- this is the 800-pound gorilla of radioactive particles,” said Dr. David Ozonoff, an environmental health professor and the chair emeritus of the Boston University School of Public Health.   Ozonoff obtained a medical degree from the Cornell University School of Medicine and serves on the Massachusetts Cancer Advisory Committee.     He said drinking water with any amount of alpha particles, even when consumed in amounts below federal legal limits, raises your risk to develop health problems or, in rare cases, cancer.  Examples of alpha particles found in the Gulf Coast region are those from uranium, radium, and other minerals.    Ozonoff describes alpha particles as a type of radiation that would not typically harm you unless inhaled or ingested.  He warns, once you take it inside your body, your health risks immediately begin to rise. “It can't penetrate very far, but when it hits something it does a ferocious amount of damage,” he said. “If I were to drink it, then many parts of your body are within knife-wielding distance of an alpha particle.” Ozonoff said the danger in drinking alpha particles is that you bring them inside your body and right up against sensitive organs, where the alpha particles can damage DNA and create a possible mutation in your cells.   He says the more you drink, the more you raise your risk for cancer. In fact, even the EPA says "a single ‘‘wild’’ cell can give rise to a cancer” and that for alpha “a single alpha passing through a cell is sufficient to induce a mutational event.”  The EPA made the disclosure in the federal register as part of the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations 2000 final rule that regulates all forms of radioactive elements in drinking water. ...Attorney Taylor Goodall, who represents the board of directors for MUD 105, says the MUD also began mailing out more detailed warning notices in December of 2009.   The notices contained language in capital letters saying “THIS IS NOT AN EMERGENCY” and also telling residents “you do not need to use an alternative water supply.” “I don't think there's a reason to panic,” Goodall said.

KHOU:  “Do you think the ‘Average Joe’ knows there's radiation in the water?” GOODALL: “Well I can't speak for the ‘Average Joe’ but I know that we sent out mailers.”

citizenx:
Now, where id all the radiation come from?

Fomr old nuke tests in the U.S.?  From recent material dredged up from below the ocean floor and carried inland after the BP Oil spill?  There were reports of elevated radiation and radioactive material in the oil, whihc may have been carried inalnd in by weather from the Gulf.  Does this seem more pronounced around the Gulf coast? I wonder.

Dig:
Revealed: Texas officials covered up dangerously radioactive tap water for years
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/texas-tap-water-contaminated-radiation-independent-tests-find/
By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, November 12th, 2010 -- 12:21 pm


Texas officials charged with protecting the environment and public health have for years made arbitrary subtractions to the measured levels of radiation delivered by water utilities across the state, according to a series of investigative reports out of Houston.

Those subtractions, based on the test results' margin of error, made all the difference for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ): without the reduction, demonstrated levels of dangerous radiation would have been in excess of federal limits for years.

This was being done in direct contravention of an order by the US Environmental Protection Agency, which told state regulators in 2000 to stop subtracting the margin of error.

The findings are part of an investigation by Houston CBS affiliate KHOU.

Confronted by reporter Mark Greenblatt, TCEQ staffer Linda Brookins claimed that the radiation was "natural" and people shouldn't be concerned. She also refused to read on camera the EPA's order to stop subtracting margins of error from radiation test results.

KHOU called it "Texas math," in part two of its ongoing series.

Thanks to the TCEQ's under-reporting of radioactive content, one particular water provider in Harris County was able to skirt needed maintenance for years, even though uncensored tests showed radiation was almost always above legal limits.

Independent tests, the station noted, showed that some of the radiation contained harmful alpha particles, which can cause cell mutations and increase the risk of cancer.

The practice of under-reporting radiation continued until last year, when the EPA once again demanded Texas comply with the law.

The state, governed a large majority of Republicans, has long flouted the EPA's air quality standards, with TCEQ officials claiming the federal agency does not have the authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

"What was illegal and a bad idea yesterday is illegal and a bad idea today," TCEQ chairman Bryan W. Shaw told The Dallas Morning News. "We won't see any environmental benefits from this. We'll just see the additional bureaucracy associated with permitting in this state and across the U.S."

In an editorial, the paper called Republicans' fight to protect industry over environmental regulations a "dangerous roll of the dice" when it comes to federal dollars, noting that new regulations require the state to create a permitting authority to govern emissions, but it refuses. When the new rules take effect next year, the state's energy industry could effectively be brought to a standstill, with no new construction being permitted.

And now water standards, it would seem, may be the next major clash between Texas regulators and federal authorities.

"Is this what [Governor] Rick Perry means when he talks about standing up to the feds?" The Texas Observer asked.

This video is part one of an investigative series by CBS affiliate KHOU, aired Nov. 9, 2010.

foreverfree:
People of Texas, (and later the country) the water is too polluted and dirty.  Your local government hasn't been protecting you so we the FED will help you and take over regulation and dispensation.  We will also require land rights to any wells to make sure PROPER oversight is maintained. 

Ceara:
Most of the continental USA has been covered with radiation for a long time.  Just do a search for "Nuclear fallout maps" and you will come across a black/white image that shows fallout after above ground detonations from the past during the height of testing.  

That map does not include atmospheric detonation fallout, or underground detonation contamination.  

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