let’s be honest it is NOT just the Navy, it is all corporate industry which we allow to “dump” their sewage/waste into the water we later consume … this is the same water your regulators declare SAFE…

…let’s be honest it is NOT just the Navy, it is all corporate industry which we allow to “dump” their sewage/waste into the water we later consume … this is the same water your regulators declare SAFE…

The U.S. Navy Is Poisoning Local Water Supplies Across the Nation With Toxic Chemicals

In hundreds of towns across America, citizens are becoming collateral damage.

By Dahr Jamail / Truthout…….November 22, 2017, 12:00 PM GMT…….Washington State’s Whidbey Island already has problems with inadequate water supplies. Located in Puget Sound, the residents have to face a long, dry summer with no aquifer replenishment and ongoing threats of saltwater intrusion.

 

But now they have to deal with the U.S. Navy introducing toxic chemicals into Whidbey Island’s public and private wells, particularly in the area around the small town of Coupeville, where the Navy maintains a heavily used airstrip to practice touch-and-go landings, among other exercises.

Cate Andrews is a member of Citizens for Ebeys Reserve (COER), a group of locals working to protect their land, homes and health from environmental and sound pollution from the U.S. Navy. Andrews said some of the wells in Coupeville contain toxic chemicals from the Navy’s firefighting foam exercises at levels 400 percent over what the Ault Field in Oak Harbor, the latter of which is at Naval Air Station Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers acceptable.

"Residents are being provided bottled water by the Navy, but warned not to drink, cook or water their vegetable gardens," Andrews told Truthout. "The Navy says, ‘Don’t worry about showering,’ but research has shown that these chemicals are transmitted through dermal absorption. Homes valued at over $1 million are unsalable, and people are trapped."

The chemicals, Perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS) and Perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA), are perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), also called PFCs, and come from the AFFF firefighting foam used in training exercises at the Navy’s Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville and Whidbey.

At Trump’s Agriculture Department, a Wide-Open Door for Pesticide Lobbyists

By Robert Faturechi, Danielle Ivory, ProPublica, The New York Times

A former lobbyist for the pesticide industry now leads the deregulatory team at the USDA. Visitor logs show old ties remain strong. READ MORE»

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