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Michigan Declares State Of Emergency After Cancer-Linked Toxin Found In Drinking Water

Tyler Durden
July 31st, 2018
Zero Hedge
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This report was originally published by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge

Michigan officials declared a state of emergency on Sunday after high levels of Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) were discovered in Kalamazoo County tapwater, reports Mlive.com.

The declaration was made by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (R), several days after the toxic compound was found in the water supply of Parchment and Cooper Township.

“This declaration will allow the state to supply additional resources to help with response efforts and ensure the health and safety of residents in Parchment and Cooper Township,” Calley said in a statement, adding “This helps make sure that every resource that is possible is on the table and that we can work as expeditiously together as we possibly can.”

“State and local officials and members of the community have been working in full partnership to ensure people in the area have safe water in the short, medium and long term,” Calley said.

Officials detected a concentration of 1,587 parts per trillion of PFAS substances, while the EPA’s maximum recommended dose is 70 parts per trillion. Recent research by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, however, suggests that single-digit levels of the compounds can cause health problems, reports The Hill.

Crews from Kalamazoo are currently working to flush Parchment’s water lines, which may stir up sediment and discolor the water – which residents are advised not to drink. In the meantime, officials are distributing water at Parchment High School.

PFAS compounds can be found in food packaging, commercial household products – especially those with Teflon and other nonstick surfaces. They are an emerging public health threat across Michigan – having contaminated the water supplies of over 20 communities across the state.

The compounds can cause low infant birth weight, immune system issues, cancers, and thyroid hormone disruptions.

If humans,  or animals, ingest PFAS (by eating or drinking food or water than contain PFAS), the PFAS are absorbed, and can accumulate in the body. PFAS stay in the human body for long periods of time. As a result, as people get exposed to PFAS from different sources over time, the level of PFAS in their bodies may increase to the point where they suffer from adverse health effects.

Studies indicate that PFOA and PFOS can cause reproductive and developmental, liver and kidney, and immunological effects in laboratory animals. Both chemicals have caused tumors in animal studies. –EPA.gov

Meanwhile, water supplies in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New York and elsewhere have tested positive for elevated PFAS levels.

A 2013 analysis of data collected in 2007 found that around 20% of US water supplies contain PFOA, a more dangerous form of PFAS, while 28% of water supplies have some form of contaminant in the perflourinated compound family according to Quartz.

Research also suggests that the toxins harm human health at much lower levels than the EPA threshold. According to David Andrews, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group, there is debate in the toxicology community as to whether, like lead, there is actually no safe level of exposure, particularly in children who can accumulate more of it than adults and where some studies have suggested an association with behavioral and developmental problems.

PFOA is not currently regulated by the EPA, so state or local governments aren’t required to test for them. The EPA does set a recommended maximum exposure level for PFOA at 70 parts per trillion. But it’s nonbinding: states can choose to comply or not. In New Jersey, the local environment department has set the “acceptable” level at 14 ppt, the most stringent in the country (there is a lot of PFOA in New Jersey’s drinking water—the Environmental Working Group calculated the EPA’s testing method would have missed 75% of the contamination in that state). –Quartz

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  1. Maranatha says:

    Unless your water filter states that it filters for a specific toxic agent, then it doesn’t. And if you foolishly used it to try to filter this out, you contaminated your water filtration equipment and maybe yourself. What an expensive mistake.

    Realize that toxins are absorbed through the skin every time you take a shower or bath or wash your hands…not just when you drink water.

    And if someone purchased distilled water, and they were using the same polluted source and were not aware of this toxin, there is no guarantee that it was distilled out. It is contingent upon the boiling point and if they are close to the boiling point of pure water, it was not removed.

    Water purification is complex for toxins but relatively simple for pathogen removal.

  2. dprepper says:

    And they put fluoride (a toxic waste product) in the water and nobody questions it.

  3. THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN says:

    Navy: water aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower no longer testing positive for contaminants

    https://pilotonline.com/news/military/local/article_63ed2b00-9121-11e8-9662-7bbab5e2677e.html

    Drinking water onboard USS Eisenhower tests positive for E. coli

    https://wtkr.com/2018/07/27/drinking-water-onboard-uss-eisenhower-tests-positive-for-e-coli/

  4. CENTURION says:

    It’s TRUMP’S FAULT !!!!!

    COLLUSION WITH THE WATER COMPANIES !!!!!

  5. Install a water purifier under your sink. Buy only bottled water in glass containers. Plastic gets into bottled water. Natural pure mineral water in glass is also good.

    You can make a water purifier with gravel and rocks.

    You can distill water at home simply by boiling it and collecting the stem. Directions available on the internet.

    _

  6. Sean says:

    Me, I’m watching out for the stem. That stuff can really burn you.

  7. Sgt. Dale says:

    Stop drinking water drink more Wine and Beer!!!
    Sarcasm off. I was waiting someone to say this. I’m happy I have a very deep well. Been tested Nothing but natural stuff in it. (no lead, bug or plant juice)
    Sgt.

  8. kay123 says:

    Everyone lies about water, food, air and products.
    They don’t test for things because they don’t want to
    know what contaminations, poisons, toxins and
    bacterias are in our everyday consumptions.

    Money talks.
    This company says their “xxxxxx” has been tested to be safe.
    This claim is based on 5 or 6 tests done by the company
    that may lose billions on a negative test result.
    My parents always said, “if you want something done right
    do it yourself, Asking the gov to do it right is like asking
    them to paint your house on a galloping horse.
    And the quality control inspector will check it for you
    on a DIFFERENT galloping horse.”
    NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO YOU ARE GOING TO
    GET THE RUN AROUND!!!

  9. Beaumont says:

    imo as armchair generalissimo, contamination over a wide general area cannot occur, passively. Someone would be directly pumping it into the ground.

    Namely, a producer of resistant, fluoropolymer coatings.

    Noone names the archetypal well poisoner, because you get a free case of water bottles.

  10. awed bawl says:

    Pfizer Vice President: The Gardasil vaccine is deadly

    This appeared on Neonnettle. I have edited it down to the key points.

    The former vice president of the world’s largest pharmaceutical company has blown the whistle to expose the true dangers of mandatory vaccinations. Dr. Peter Rost lifted the lid on vaccines and revealed that the Gardasil inoculation, in particular, is in fact, “deadly”.

    In a shocking expose from one of the highest-ranking whistleblowers to date, Rost has also claimed that Big Pharma is purposely keeping the public unhealthy so they can make a fortune from continual treatments of illnesses rather than curing them. Dr. Rost made the revelations during an interview for the “One More Girl” documentary in which he candidly discussed how the main objective for vaccines and pharmaceutical drugs is to keep the public in a constant state of disease.

    http://82.221.129.208/.yi4.html

  11. PFAS is on “Non-Stick Surfaces” – In other words, they put TOXIC fluoride on the non-stick pans AND in the water.

    All these “End Times” / SHTF issues are easy to figure out. We are ALL to be made clean by the Word of God (John 15:3) and washed by the water of the Word (Ephesians 5:25-27).

    Now, when the people do NOT pay attention, well then the DEVIL gets to use his minions to do their evil against us like take away our clean WATER!

    It’s as simple as that.

    Get your “End Times Toolkit” and slay the beast. https://153wordsofgod.wordpress.com/end-times-signs-and-prophecy/

  12. aljamo says:

    All of this industrial pollution with laws not enforced to clean it up and stop it. This on the Earth a 70% surface water world. I never see water for sale in glass gallon jugs, just small glass bottles. I use the plastic gallon water type until they spring a leak. As far as possible plastic contamination from those jugs I just shrug that off as a minor thing. I don’t drink tap water or cook with it. Not sure how clean the water becomes at the places that claim to 10 step filter it cheaply, but oh well it tastes good and the places always have people filling their 1 or 5 gallon jugs, all plastic.

  13. rellik says:

    I haven’t been serviced by government provided water since 1987.
    For 13 years I lived on a well. USGS was doing some surveys in the area and since they had an appointment no-show they offered to check my well( crappy well only 2.5 GMP). Result, no chemicals to speak of, nothing, Nada, just water. From 2000 on I’ve been on catchment, with a sterilizer, a 20, and then 5 Micron filter for whatever, although from my location you’d think I had an “acid rain”, the problem is negligible.
    My point is to get off government provided water if you can.
    since 1979 I’ve live in places with an excess of 70 inches per year of rain which I’m used to, but most people would considered to be very wet.
    Get out of the city!

    • the blame-e says:

      You are very lucky with your well, even with “only” 2.5 GPM. Most of the formerly industrialized states are finding high levels of toxic chemicals in their wells, making them unsuitable for supplies of drinking water. Some are so bad as to not even be suitable for watering your own lawn with. Vermont is one of them.

  14. the blame-e says:

    Notice how the governor, Rick Snyder was “out of the state” when the emergency was declared. One of his underlings, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (R), had to issue the declaration. Detroit, Flint, and now Kalamazoo — Michigan really sucks for clean drinking water.

  15. Horse'sass says:

    What’s the status of Nig Berkey water black filters? Do they still have problems with the end seals leaking, allowing contamiated water?, or am I misinformed? Are the white arsenic filter attachments that connect underneath to the black filters effective?

  16. kay123 says:

    Blame me;
    You are right.
    What really bothers me is WHAT PRODUCTS ARE
    BEING BOTTLED, CANNED, or shipped nation wide.
    Tourists are being poisoned as well.
    How many leaders knew or should have known about this??

    My dad was in charge of the local water testing. He sent
    in samples every three months or so. Not much could
    happen to change the samples between tests if you do you
    job right.

    I have always had fish aquariums in my home. Fresh water
    fish cannot live if the chemicals aren’t right.
    I would never drink fish water… but if they are thriving in my
    drinking water….I feel pretty safe. 🙏

    • Plan twice, prep once says:

      Turns out frogs are one of the most sensitive creatures to mans pollution. Fish are a good indicator, but frogs going from tadpole to frog is like embryonic changes. They are very sensitive.

      Poor little girls in Japan exposed to Fukushima fallout and leakage. The eggs in their wombs take a couple years to mature enough to be even somewhat resistant to their environment. They won’t know how bad it is until the generation born into the fallout reach their childbearing ages and start TRYING TO HAVE children.

      Once their mitochondrial DNA in the eggs in their ovaries is damaged, literally all their future offspring will be forever damaged.

      Radiation is so insidious. Could this have ever happened to a more hubris nation and culture?

      Low level radiation is deadly, it just takes 20 years to kill most people, less for children. And Fukushima just keeps on leaking more radiation.

      At least two Fukushima reactors continue to run out of control of humans. They just keep on cooking. Naturally flowing groundwater is all that keeps them cool. That groundwater keeps a continuous flow of radioactive leakage flowing into the Pacific.

      Remember nuclear reactors don’t need to be refueled because they run out of fuel, rather they must be refueled because they will otherwise get uncontrollably hot and melt down. They breed their own fuel. Two reactors just keep running. They can’t be shut down. They just keep making more fuel. There will come a point where they run so hot they will boil off their cooling water, and they will again explode. It’s pretty inevitable. Don’t buy any Fukushima real estate….

  17. Kevin2 says:

    I grew up in an area heavy with the petroleum and chemical industries that were built before or shortly after 1900. At work we drank well water from a well that was on the oil refinery grounds until the mid 1980s. Complains fell on deft ears until a sample was independently ran outside of company channels and fearing it going public with the results the well was shut down. Contamination. was so bad that wells that were meant to motor the seepage of petroleum by products / products were so rich in oil (think Beverly Hillbillies) that its effluent was run directly to process units. As a kid many of the muskrats we trapped had tumors. I’m surprised that all of this is not far more common. If one even superficially looks a lot of “dirt has been swept under the rug”.

  18. Plan twice, prep once says:

    My state law says the water company must inform us within six months in writing if our water is contaminated. However if they correct the problem, they’re good to keep going…….

    Uhhhhh, yeah!

    Thus I upgraded my whole house water filter systems filters to take out pretty much all organics, and filter to one micron so it’ll even stop cryptosporidium, plus an extra stage that takes out 99.9% of heavy metals.

    I know my system isn’t bulletproof, buts it’s a darn sight better than 99.9% of my neighbors.

    As I change filters I dry them and keep the cleanest to reuse as pre filters in a SHTF should I run out of new filters. Yes spent filters are nearly useless., but they can clean up the water a bit before going through a still or other purification process, if not but to get the bugs and twigs out.

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