this article will not identify two principal culprits …

…Yes there are … BUT … this article will not identify two principal culprits … Chlorine Fluoride … and the “topper” is that you and I have NO honest input into how our water is deemed SAFE

There’s a Hidden Carcinogen Tainting Tap Water and Consumer Products Nationwide … More than 7 million Americans across 27 states are impacted.


By Tasha Stoiber / AlterNetSeptember 15, 2017, 11:30 PM GMT….Water supplies for more than 7 million Americans in 27 states are contaminated with an industrial chemical at levels higher than what federal scientists say poses a minimal lifetime risk of cancer, according to a new analysis by Environmental Working Group (EWG).


In addition to being a drinking water pollutant, 1,4-dioxane is an unwanted impurity in many personal care products, including shampoo, body wash, bubble bath, foaming hand soap, cosmetics, deodorant and skin lotion. It is also often found in laundry detergent, dishwashing soap and household cleaners.

Because of its wide use and potential harm, 1,4-dioxane is one of the first 10 chemicals the Environmental Protection Agency picked for review under the nation’s new chemical safety law. But the review could take years, and even then there’s no guarantee the EPA will do anything: The agency has failed to set standards for any new drinking water contaminant in more than 20 years.

A report and interactive map released by EWG and the Environmental Defense Fund highlight hot spots for 1,4-dioxane contamination in drinking water. Ranking the most contaminated water systems by population, hot spots included the Cape Fear River basin in North Carolina, affecting Fayetteville and surrounding communities; southeastern Los Angeles County, Calif.; and New York’s Long Island.

Samples from water systems serving those areas had average levels of 1,4-dioxane ranging from four times to about 17 times the EPA’s minimal cancer risk level of 0.35 parts per billion, which is about one drop of water in three Olympic-size swimming pools. That’s the level expected to cause no more than one case of cancer for every million people who drink the water daily for a lifetime.

The EPA has classified 1,4-dioxane as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” It is also listed in California’s official registry of chemicals known to cause cancer.

Where does 1,4-dioxane pollution come from?

Most 1,4-dioxane contamination of drinking water comes from leaking underground storage tanks at hazardous waste sites, or discharges from manufacturing plants. Once it makes its way into sources of drinking water, it tends to stay there, because it does not break down easily. Because manufacturers don’t have to report discharges of 1,4-dioxane, tracing contamination to its source is difficult. When a source is identified, the lack of enforceable standards means regulators have no legal grounds to stop contamination.

Detlef Knappe, who heads a North Carolina State University research team studying 1,4-dioxane contamination in the state’s watersheds, says stopping the pollution is a better solution than treating it once it gets into drinking water supplies.

“Source control would be protective of the surface water quality and would result in a lower societal cost than installing treatment processes for 1,4-dioxane control at numerous downstream drinking water utilities,” Knappe said.

Most in-home water filters, including activated carbon filters, don’t remove 1,4-dioxane effectively. Reverse osmosis filters are better, removing a significant portion of the chemical from tap water, but still fall short.

That means that people in communities that get drinking water from groundwater contaminated with 1,4-dioxane should urge their local utilities to install specialized technology, the only effective way to remove the chemical. But beyond that, citizens should push for state and federal oversight to stop the chemical from getting into the water supply in the first place.

As for 1,4-dioxane in consumer products, here are some tips on avoiding exposures:

  • Use EWG’s Skin Deep® and Guide to Healthy Cleaning databases to find products that don’t contain cancer-causing 1,4-dioxane.
  • Read labels and avoid products that contain contaminated ingredients such as PEG, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethyelene, polyoxynolethylene, and chemicals ending in –eth and –oxynol. These ingredients are manufactured in a way that can result in simultaneous formation of 1,4-dioxane as an impurity.
  • While some companies remove 1,4-dioxane from their finished products, not all companies do, and this is not disclosed on labels. Shoppers should demand that companies manufacturing personal care products remove 1,4-dioxane.

This article was originally published by Environmental Working Group.

Hurricane Harvey ‘Toxic Soup’ Contains E. Coli, Heavy Metals

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Were I a conspiracy theorist I would smell Mon$anto/Bayer and their ilk at work…

clip_image002...Were I a conspiracy theorist I would smell Mon$anto/Bayer and their ilk at work…

Pot smokers beware of killer pesticides and poison


Pot smokers, environmentalists, and just plain humans: take notice.A recent article in The Atlantic reveals highly toxic pesticides are being used on illegal pot farms in California, and the runoff is poisoning forests.I’ll quote extensively from the article and then make comments:“Secret growers are taking advantage of the state’s remote stretches of public land—and the environmental impact is severe.”“…this past November, [California] residents voted ‘…
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simply trade a headache for a stomach ache

…Think about it … trading Trump for Pence will make America better…???

…We simply trade a headache for a stomach ache…

Roger Stone says there would be an ‘insurrection’ if Trump were impeached. Is he right?

Trump opponents are much more passionate and motivated than Trump supporters, this new survey finds.

By Paul A. Djupe, Jake Neiheisel, Andrew R. Lewis, Ryan L. Claassen and Anand Edward Sokhey  •  Monkey Cage  •  Read more »

GOP does not like it when the shoe is on the other foot

…GOP does not like it when the shoe is on the other foot…

…The GOP obfuscation party does not like it they are unable to push their agenda as solely they deem..

McConnell: Democrats shouldn’t be able to use procedure to block judges that GOP used against Obama


By Joan McCarter  

Thursday Sep 14, 2017 · 8:36 AM PDT

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is endorsing a move on the federal judiciary that Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has hinted at: ending one of the procedures that Republicans regularly used to block President Obama’s judicial nominees so that Democrats can’t use it to block Trump’s.

Grassley has already said that maybe he won’t require the okay of judges’ home state senators to proceed with circuit court nominations. He’s threatened to ignore the "blue slip" tradition that Republicans used regularly to thwart Obama. Now—for the first time—McConnell is endorsing that idea, advocating that Democrats be shut out of the process

Can be used to describe much of her actions

…Hillary Clinton …DESPICABLE …she ought to be quite familiar with that word…

Can be used to describe much of her actions…

Hillary Clinton not pulling punches as she explains how


McConnell was ‘unpatriotic’ and ‘despicable’


By Walter Einenkel  ……….Thursday Sep 14, 2017 · 12:02 PM PDT…….The New Yorker has a pretty big piece coming out by Dave Remnick in the Sept. 27 issue about the new Hillary Clinton memoir, titled What Happened. Remnick’s piece has an interview with Hillary Clinton, as well as the book itself to draw from. The tone is set in the title of the article: “Hillary Clinton Looks Back In Anger.”


One of the many highlights is Clinton’s assertion that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, probably best known around these here parts for being epically awful, put partisan politics in front of national security interests when it came to our intelligence community’s assessment of ongoing hanky-panky between Russia and our elections

You “gotta” love it as one way or another our corporate controlled government will force you and me to love and accept GMO…

clip_image002…You “gotta” love it as one way or another our corporate controlled government will force you and me to love and accept GMO

Big Ag offers more genetic modification to solve crisis caused by genetic modification


Genetic modification is now taking on a new appearance. Although if you were to read many reports announcing arrival of the new technique it would sound as if it is an entirely new and separate process.Because plants are able to “turn off” their genes through RNA interference in order to block protein translation – researchers are now attempting to weaponize this trait and genetically engineer crops that can produce specific RNA fragments that begin the process of RNA interference to shut … ….Read full article at website »

base is so myopic

…Trump’s base is so myopic they are unable to understand compromise…

Can Trump continue to work with Democrats without losing the support of his base?

Robert Costa adds insight to Trump’s latest deals with Democrats and what they mean for his political future. Plus, Nick Troiano of the Centrist Project explains America’s political parties and the risks of a system ideologically divided.

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