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Cancer-Causing Arsenic Contaminates Tap Water for 70 Million Americans    

"By Jamee Hood, Communications Intern, and Sonya Lunder, Senior Analyst "    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Drinking water supplies for 70 million Americans in 48 states are contaminated with arsenic at concentrations above the level scientists say increases the risk of cancer, according to nationwide test results collected in EWG's Tap Water Database.    The Environmental Protection Agency's legal limit for arsenic in tap water is 10 parts per billion, or ppb, a level exceeded in 2015 in the water supplies for more than half a million people in 32 states. But the EPA's legal limit is 2,500 times higher than the public health goal set by California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, endorsed as a health-protective EWG Standard..........

The public health goal, 0.004 ppb, is the level expected to cause no more than a one-in-a-million risk of cancer over a lifetime. When the EPA's legal limit was set in 2001, the agency published an analysis showing that 10 ppb is not safe, potentially causing up to 600 cancer cases for every 1 million people exposed for a lifetime. A 2010 draft report from the EPA suggests that arsenic could be up to 17 times more toxic than previously estimated, but political pressures blocked publication of the draft.    Arsenic is a notorious, deadly poison. Exposure to even tiny concentrations of arsenic in drinking water is proven to increase the risk of bladder, lung and skin cancer, and possibly liver, kidney and prostate cancer as well. The risk of cancer is even higher when exposed during early childhood and pregnancy..... While most contaminants can be removed with inexpensive filters, arsenic is more difficult to get out, requiring reverse-osmosis or carbon block filter systems.....

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"What's in your drinking water? Whether you're wondering if your water is safe or just what that weird smell is, a new tool is now available that could help.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its new Tap Water Database today (July 26), a searchable database that allows users in the U.S. to enter either their ZIP code or their local utility's name to learn what's in their tap water. The EWG is an independent advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that's focused on public health and environmental issues." (LiveScience,By Sara G. Miller, Staff Writer | July 26, 2017 12:01am ET)


  Drinking water database: put in your ZIP code and find out what's in your water https://ow.ly/gz7Z30dVHBa      


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"45 N.J. Towns That Have Harmful Pollutants In Drinking Water, According To New Study

What’s legal isn’t necessarily safe when it comes to your drinking water. Eleven harmful water pollutants were found in 45 New Jersey towns."

For important information regarding the towns affected click link to page: https://patch.com/new-jersey/morristown/45-n-j-towns-have-harmful-pollutants-drinking-water

By Tom Davis (Patch Staff) - Updated July 27, 2017 11:09 am ET

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