How “safe” the Safe Drinking Water Act keeps our tap.

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.

Under SDWAEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets standards for drinking water quality and oversees the states, localities, and water suppliers who implement those standards.

[column width=”50%” padding=”10px”]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 TSCAEPA must first provide evidence that the chemical may pose a risk, a toxic Catch-22.

In 2005, the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 contained a provision that has come to be known as the “Halliburton Loophole,” it exempts gas drilling and extraction from requirements in the Underground Injection Control (UIC) program of the SDWA.

Since 1976, 22,000 additional chemicals have been introduced and manufacturers have provided little or no information to the EPA regarding their potential health or environmental impacts. These chemicals are found in toys and other children’s products, cleaning and personal care items, furniture, electronics, food and beverage containers, building materials, fabrics, and car interiors. 1) http://www.nrdc.org/health/toxics.asp [/column] [column width=”50%” padding=”10px”]The general public perception of water purity in contemporary society is severely askew and the relationship between clean water and good health, though obvious, is often entirely overlooked.

The fact is that no one knows what the health effects of these chemicals are!

Does the SDWA keep our tap water sufficient for optimal health, or just enough to get by?

The water we use and consume daily, whether bottled, filtered, tap, well or municipal, does it have any adverse effects on health and well being?

In the wake of these realities drinking water safety is of primary concern; the unfortunate reality is that bottled water and filters also provide water of questionable quality while the plastic bottles and filters inevitably end up in the landfill, only to further contaminate the fast diminishing groundwater.[/column] Steam distillation is the only purification method that will consistently provide 99.9% pure water.[end_columns]

  • Does exposure to these toxic chemicals present any health risks?
  • Will multiple chemicals act together and present harm to human health?
  • Do even low doses of certain chemicals, particularly in the womb or during early childhood, disturb hormonal, reproductive, or immune system response?
  • Many toxic chemicals can persist in the environment, for decades sometimes, building up in the food chain and in our bodies, are cancer, learning disabilities, asthma, birth defects, and other reproductive problems all associated, to some degree, with exposure to these toxic chemicals?

 

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