One of Water Defense’s key projects has been to develop new ways to monitor and re-mediate the contaminants responsible for toxic cyanobacteria blooms like the one that shut down the drinking supply for 500,000 people in Toledo, Ohio. Our goal is to help prevent situations like Toledo, OH from happening again.
The mysterious chemical that tainted drinking water for 300,000 West Virginians this past January may have been more toxic than what was previously reported, according to new federally funded research released this afternoon.
I recently attended a meeting for Executive Directors on Cape Cod. There were almost thirty organizations devoted to water quality represented at the meeting, and we were there to brainstorm ways that we can break down any existing barriers between our orgs and work together.
West Virginians are being served an untested and unidentified chemical cocktail with a dose of misinformation, half-truths and lies of omission on the side. We deserve answers to our questions.
The first point of concern is the misleading use of the term MCHM as a substitute for Crude MCHM, deceptively masking the fact that it was not one pollutant, but a mixture of chemicals which were actually “spilled”. This is an important distinction because of the negative accumulative effect that multiple simultaneous chemical exposures are known to have on human health.
Water Defense visited the MA State House at the invitation of Brian Mannal (MA State Rep) to discuss the collaboration with Cape Cod Community College and the proposed amendment for funding for Cape Cod water testing.
This month, Los Angeles became the largest city in the country to place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as it’s commonly known, until authorities can determine that the practice does not pose health and safety risks to the community. The Los Angeles City Council leapt into action and quickly issued a new rule change to the local land-use laws that prohibits fracking. The vote also opens up a window of hope for a larger, state-wide fracking ban across California.
Bakken crude extraction in the North Dakota oil fields is in overdrive, with an estimated 8 million barrels produced per day, which is then typically transported to its eventual destination by rail. According to Bloomberg, 66 million barrels of oil were carried by trains in the third quarter of 2013 alone – nearly 900 percent more than the entirety of 2008.