Category: Drinking Water

Simi Valley residents protest city proposal to use groundwater over contamination concerns

Fox 11 reports:

Protesters gathered in Simi Valley Monday evening to speak out against a city proposal to use ground water as another source of drinking water, citing concerns about contamination.

In 1959, the Santa Susana field lab in the hills above Simi Valley experienced a partial nuclear meltdown. The former rocket testing facility released massive amounts of radioactive isotopes and dangerous chemicals.

It’s believed the area is still contaminated, and residents believe its to blame for a cluster of rare pediatric cancers.

Simi Valley Community Asks: Fresh water supply or pipe dream?

The Simi Valley Acorn reports:

A proposal to tap into Simi Valley’s groundwater basin as a source for drinking water drew angst and anger from residents who claim the water has been contaminated by runoff from the Santa Susana Field Lab.

About 30 people urged the City Council on Monday not to act on a study by Ventura County Waterworks District No. 8 that looks at using the basin as a future alternative potable resource.

Radiation Protection Standards Weakened CBG and PEER to File Suit

EARLIER THIS YEAR, DESPITE YEARS OF EFFORTS by Bridge the Gap, EPA issued new Protective Action Guides (PAGs) which dramatically weaken protection of the public from exposure to radiation. The PAGs allow the public to drink water contaminated with radioactivity at levels thousands of times higher than the Safe Drinking Water Act permits, without any action taken to protect them from
such exposures.

The PAGs also would allow long-term contamination of areas so high (the equivalent of thousands of chest X-rays a year) that EPA’s own official estimates are that every fourth person would get a cancer from the radiation, …

Fig Leaves No Cover for Drinking Water Radiation Rollback

 Final Approval for Radical Radiation Rise in Water Supplies after Nuclear Release  

Washington, DC — In a not so lovely parting gift, the Obama administration today formally adopted a policy of allowing public exposure to radioactivity following a nuclear release at levels many times the maximum limits of the Safe Drinking Water Act.  Last-minute modifications ladled in by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address public health concerns afford scant comfort, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

The “Protective Action Guide (PAG) for Drinking Water after a Radiological Incident” was finalized today by its publication in the …

EPA’s Plan for Radioactive Drinking Water

Factor of Increase in new PAGEight years ago, in the waning days of the Bush Administration, the EPA tried to issue new standards for radioactivity in drinking water that would have increased permissible concentrations by factors of hundreds, thousands, or even more, above the longstanding Safe Drinking Water Act limits. Bridge the Gap was instrumental in getting those proposals blocked at the very last moment.

Now, in the last days of the Obama Administration, the same people within EPA’s radiation office are trying to push the proposal through again, with even higher concentrations than the Bush EPA had proposed. Once again, Bridge the Gap is …