Rocket Fuel Component In Your Drinking Water?

While members of “public health” and special interest groups are running around screaming that the sky is falling with their hysterics over smoking, trans-fats, obesity, and what-ever-else the delicate flowers with weak immune systems find offensive, these same groups of people are NOT overly concerned about the real poisons in our food and water supply.

You really have to wonder about that.

Apparently there is in our water supply, a component found in rocket fuel and fireworks. The component is called perchlorate, and apparently is not healthy for the thyroid. I can’t even begin to imagine how it would affect a fetus.

See this article from Common Dreams on the EPA’s reaction to our poisoned waterways.

EPA Might Not Act To Limit Rocket Fuel in Drinking Water

by Erica Werner

WASHINGTON – An EPA official said Tuesday there’s a “distinct possibility” the agency won’t take action to rid drinking water of a toxic rocket fuel ingredient that has contaminated public water supplies around the country.0507 06 1 2

Democratic senators called that unacceptable. They argued that states and local communities shouldn’t have to bear the expense of cleansing their drinking water of perchlorate, which has been found in at least 395 sites in 35 states — or the risk of not doing so.

The toxin interferes with thyroid function and poses developmental health risks, particularly to fetuses.

Benjamin Grumbles, assistant administrator for water at the Environmental Protection Agency, told a Senate hearing that EPA is aware that perchlorate is widespread and poses health risks.

But he said that after years of study, EPA has yet to determine whether regulating perchlorate in drinking water would do much good.

“Is there a meaningful opportunity to reduce risk if we issue a new national regulation on perchlorate? We’ve been spending a lot of time on that, Madam Chairman,” Grumbles told Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee.

“I understand your frustration in how long the process is taking but we believe it’s important to do the work,” Grumbles said, promising a decision by the end of the year.

“EPA is trying to shunt the scientists to the back, put the DOD contractors to the front,” Boxer chided. “We want to see action by the scientists. We want to see a standard set.”

Grumbles told Boxer it was possible that instead of a regulation, EPA would issue a public health advisory, which would simply provide information. After the hearing he told reporters that a decision to regulate perchlorate was also still on the table.

© 2008 Associated Press

Read the FULL STORY here.

Perchlorate is also found in our foods. The problem seems to be that no one has yet to determine a “safe level”. So between our food and our water is it just possible we are being poisoned and don’t even know it? Of course my response to that one is a resounding “YES” because I’ve said for years that they’ve put something in the water………………I just didn’t realize how accurate I was with that comment back then…LOL

You have to ask yourself, could THIS be what’s “wrong with kids today”?

Science News –
February 13, 2008

Perchlorate in food

A new FDA study provides averages but doesn’t include highly exposed populations.

Food is the primary source of perchlorate for most Americans, and U.S. toddlers on average are being exposed to more than half of the U.S. EPA’s safe dose from food alone, according to a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) diet survey designed to provide perchlorate and iodine intake averages from food for the entire U.S. Even though the new study is silent on intake by highly exposed populations, several lawmakers and environmental advocates renew their calls for a national perchlorate drinking-water standard, but EPA is not divulging its plans.

Dairy products are the major source of perchlorate for children.

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Dairy products are the major source of perchlorate for children.

The agency, which has been waiting for the results from the FDA study to help it decide whether to set a national drinking-water standard for perchlorate, intends to issue a preliminary determination on whether to regulate the substance soon, according to Benjamin Grumbles, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Water. EPA has been investigating the contaminant for almost a decade.

Perchlorate is well known as a major component in rocket fuel, but the chemical also forms naturally. In sufficient amounts it disrupts the thyroid by inhibiting the uptake of iodide, an essential component of thyroid hormones. Because these hormones direct brain development, health concerns have focused on fetuses and young infants. A National Academy of Sciences (NAS) committee in 2005 recommended a safe dose of 0.7 micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day, and EPA adopted this as its reference dose.

As part of FDA’s existing Total Diet Study, agency scientists measured perchlorate levels in 285 foods obtained from grocery stores and fast-food outlets in different parts of the U.S. between 2003 and 2006. To estimate exposure, they combined the analytical results with food consumption estimates. Drinking water was excluded from the survey.

Other studies have found perchlorate in food, but this is the first to estimate exposure for the U.S. population. Toxicologist Gary Ginsberg of the Connecticut Department of Public Health notes that the FDA estimates for adult exposure to perchlorate from food, about 10% of the reference dose, agree well with biomonitoring data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But the FDA survey cannot estimate extremes of exposure. “The CDC study found a fourfold increase from the average to the extremely exposed. . . . If this holds for toddlers, then some are likely to be way above the safe dose,” he says.

Copyright ©2008 American Chemical Society

Read the FULL STORY here.

I think I need to find myself a nice piece of empty land somewhere, and start growing my own food.

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~ by swfreedomlover on May 7, 2008.

2 Responses to “Rocket Fuel Component In Your Drinking Water?”

  1. Even finding a bit of land and growing your own food may not protect you from all the stuff that may have and probably has been dumped onto your piece of empty land. You know as well as I do that the dumpsters will dump anything and everything wherever they can if they think they can get away with it.

    The question that the EPA and the scientists haven’t posed is “Where does the perchlorite come from, and is there a way we can reduce it or remove it completely?” Instead the attitude seems to be “We don’t really give a stuff about finding the cause, lets just give it a number that can be challenged in the courts, and then forget about the problem”. That after all is the easiest route for the bureaucrats.

    Maybe the real name for bureaucrats should be “Anti public good terrorists!”.

  2. Oh I hear you. I just think I stand a better chance at LESS poisoning that way. I’d rather choose the poisons I use, not have them forced on me without my knowledge OR consent.

    Love your new name for bureaucrats! Actually though just “Anti-public terrorist” works too…………LOL

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