January 2014’s chemical spill in West Virginia is a WAKE UP CALL for all Americans. Not just because it is a reminder to be prepared for emergencies; Or because it clearly illuminates the many flaws and inadequacies of our oversight and…
It is hard to believe that two decade ago the thought of buying bottled water seemed ludicrous. Today, average price in the US is $2 per liter verses approximately .0005 cents at the tap – and there is really no difference.
Despite the marketing, bottled water is not safer or cleaner than the tap. In fact, tap water is subject to more stringent regulation than bottled water.
If you’re relatively in control of your life, the logical question is who is in control of your water?
Water security worldwide is threatened, more now than in the past 60 years. Public access to clean consumable water is under attack from private water companies; as they grow public access to consumable water supplies will diminish.
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), originally passed by Congress in 1974 to protect public health by regulating the nation’s public drinking water supply, is the main federal law that ensures the quality of Americans’ drinking water.
In 1976 when the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), our nation’s main chemical safety law was passed, 62,000 chemicals were already in use. All of these chemicals were grandfathered by TSCA; that means they were simply presumed to be safe, and EPA was given no mandate to determine whether they are actually safe. Even to require testing of these chemicals under TSCA, EPA must first provide evidence that the chemical may pose a risk – a toxic Catch-22.