‘Perfectly Legal’ Levels of Contaminants in US Tap Water Could Result in 100,000 Cancer Cases: New Study

165
Milleaccendini / YouTube Relaxing sounds The longest video of 1568914256.jpg...
Milleaccendini / YouTube

After examining drinking water contaminants using a more complex method than the U.S. government uses to assess risks, scientists revealed Thursday that they found carcinogenic elements and chemicals in water could cause 100,000 cancer cases over a lifetime.

In a study published in the journal Heliyon, researchers at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) revealed that the cumulative effects of multiple contaminants can render drinking water unsafe even after its contamination levels are below the legal limit.

“We need to prioritize source water protection, to make sure that these contaminants don’t get into the drinking water supplies to begin with.” —Olga Naidenko, EWG

“The vast majority of community water systems meet legal standards,” said Dr. Olga Naidenko, vice president for science investigations at EWG. “Yet the latest research shows that contaminants present in the water at those concentrations—perfectly legal—can still harm human health.”

The scientists studied more than 48,000 water systems across the U.S., finding that naturally occurring arsenic, byproducts of chemicals used to disinfect water, and radioactive elements including radium and uranium were the most frequently detected contaminants in water that serves million of Americans.

The study was released a week after President Donald Trump’s EPA rolled back an Obama-era regulation on water pollution, in a move the watchdog group Food & Water Watch said was designed to “create a safe haven for agrochemical industrial interests against the wellbeing of public and environmental health.”

While the government assesses water quality by examining contaminants individually, EWG determined that in various combinations, a total of 22 carcinogens could be causing thousands of cancer cases over the course of 70 years—the timeframe the U.S. government uses to determine calculated cancer risk over a statistical lifetime.

“In the real world, people are exposed to combinations of chemicals, so it is important that we start to assess health impacts by looking at the combined effects of multiple pollutants,” Sydney Evans, lead author of the study, said in a statement.

The cumulative approach to assessing cancer risks from contaminants is already applied to the government’s assessment of air pollution, EWG said.

Another recent study by EWG found that California’s drinking water could cause more than 15,000 cancer cases in the state.

While the vast majority of cancer cases in the U.S. are not linked to drinking water contamination, carcinogens in water are linked to a high percentage of cancer cases caused by environmental factors, Naidenko told The Guardian.

“We need to prioritize source water protection, to make sure that these contaminants don’t get into the drinking water supplies to begin with,” Naidenko said in a statement.

EWG offers a database on its website which allows users to see the contamination and risk levels in drinking water in their communities.

Thank you to all who already support our work since we could not exist without your generosity. If you have not already, please consider supporting us on Patreon to ensure we can continue bringing you the best of independent journalism.

Leave a Comment

6 Comments on "‘Perfectly Legal’ Levels of Contaminants in US Tap Water Could Result in 100,000 Cancer Cases: New Study"

avatar
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
David Bishop
Guest
David Bishop

Water hasn’t tasted ‘right’ since Reagan took over.

Chris Whitley
Guest
Chris Whitley

Everyone says the great Reagan years. I was there and they sucked. You couldn’t get a decent job on a bet. Was dam near homeless doing the crap work. That was the start of bad air bad water. All they cared was the bosses. Trickledown economy my dying ass. It never trickledown past the owners just like now. Was and is bullshit.

Dick Panico
Guest
Dick Panico
—Poor Reagan , he had Alzheimer’s , before he went into office . Ask any “ head doctor “ , and they’ll tell you Alzheimer’s begins in your 50 s and 60 . …However his handlers knew he was unstable, as was said by many interviewers . But the —Republicans —,made Reagan their god . And they “worshiped him “so much , and most of them are so old , they in turn are suffering from signs of Alzheimer’s disease . …We became a (debtor nation )under Reagan . They invented the “ I Don’t remember “ answer especially for… Read more »
Chris Whitley
Guest
Chris Whitley

Just like he doesn’t know about whistleblower. How long do we have to put up with this piece of meat.

Dick Panico
Guest
Dick Panico

“Perfectly legal”, yes to create more deaths
by the EPA , is good for the “Funeral business”
It’s the system that more is better . So it’s logical to assume more dead people are better for the funeral business’s in general .
More caskets, more cemetery plots , more mortuaries, more sick people , all is good
for the economy. Why do you think the
(FUN ),IS IN FUNERAL ? It’s fun ,when they go to the bank . Let’s just keep stacking
em up like “CORD WOOD” , and everybody’s
happy ,”even if every (BODY )!is not !

Dick Panico
Guest
Dick Panico

Your safe ,as long as you don’t drink your tap water . And no cooking , no coffee or tea , no showers or baths , and you shouldn’t wasH in any way with your tap water .
…That’s perfectly allowed under Trump’s new rules.
..Nothing could be more clear , except of course your tap water . Trump’s made FLINT WATER , ….LEGAL FOR ALL OF US !!!” HURRAY “