Two very big events are occurring that should be cause for much concern. The Dakota Pipe Line and Florida's adjustment to its acceptable level of known carcinogens. Both cases foreshadow an eerie trend that weighs heavily on our future.
The Dakota Pipe Line is a very wide spread problem that should really be reviewed in all of it's coverage. There are so many articles and active updates regarding the protesters, the violence, and the lack of media coverage. It boils down to something we should all be
scared of, which is the lack of concern for our water sources by big business and the elected officials in our government committees. The people who are supposed to speak for us simply have other interests, namely, money. The group of Native Americans to right are protesting the fact that the Dakota Pipeline creates a direct threat to their water source. Waving signs that say "water is life" and "respect our water", the lands that are theirs are being bullied from them by big business. As more and more tribes came together to show their support and concern for the dramatic destruction of the environment, they were met with private security and attack dogs. Watching their sacred burial lands be bulldozed with nothing they could do about it. Beyond the fact of whether or not most actions are actually legal, there is currently no doubt the the construction, let alone any inevitable accident, will have dire health concerns on the drinking water. Currently the National Guard has been called in and hopefully we will see a resolution rather than another Selma.
This brings us to Florida
On Tuesday, Florida's Environmental Regulation Commission voted 3-2 in favor of passing controversial new water quality standards that will raise the maximum allowable levels of more than two dozen
to be dumped into the state's rivers and streams. Three members of this Environmental Regulation Commission should certainly be fired. The new standards, which were based on Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recommendations, were passed despite strong opposition from clean water advocates who say that the move poses a serious health threat and paves the way for widespread fracking operations in the state.
"DEP initially proposed raising the standard on benzene from 1.18 parts per billion in Florida's drinking water sources to 3 parts per billion but, after public outcry, the agency revised its criteria and reduced the level to 2 parts per billion. The federal standard for benzene is 1.14 parts per billion."
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It is obvious that public health is quickly taking a back seat to special interests and fast tracking money to big business.
Sadly, in the United States, key positions at regulatory agencies are often filled by representatives of the very industries they are supposed to regulate. Luckily social media has made it easier to shine a light on these reprehensible practices. Unfortunately little is changing in our benefit.
As we research more about water here at eWater, it is plain to see that we can no longer believe what we are being told. Look to see in the next few weeks as we begin to roll out home water testing options that will help compare what you water quality report says and what you are truly receiving. Make sure you and your family is protected. Get proper water filtration.