EPA Proposes Massive Increase of Radiation in Drinking Water & Why?
The EPA has proposed a massive increase in the allowable levels of radiation in drinking water supplies
during radiation contamination incidents. Despite the fact that there is no known safe level of radiation in drinking water, the EPA has proposed increases of up to 10,000 times the current limits for some radionuclides in the event of nuclear “accidents”. Diane D’Arrigo, of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, says: “These levels are even higher than those proposed by the Bush Administration—really unprecedented and shocking,” The main question everybody’s asking is the one the EPA has yet to answer: “Why is the EPA suddenly raising limits on radiation in drinking water?”
EPA Proposed Increases for Radiation in Drinking Water
The EPA has proposed to allow increased levels of radiation in drinking water which are equivalent to getting 250 chest X-rays per year. The EPA’s Protective Action Guidelines (PAG) would allow water supplies to be contaminated with thousands of times more radioactive toxins.
This means that if there is a ‘nuclear incident’ near where you live, your water could be radioactive enough to give you cancer, and the EPA will do nothing about it.
Some examples of the EPA’s new, proposed guidelines:
|Current EPA level|
3 picocuries per liter
8 picocuries per liter
80 picocuries per liter
|Proposed New EPA Level|
10,340 picocuries per liter
7,400 picocuries per liter
16,570 picocuries per liter
Don’t like it? Tell the EPA what you think https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0268-0210 Comments accepted until 25 July, 2016
What Constitutes a Radiation Contamination Incident?
A radiation contamination incident is defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as “an event that has led to significant consequences to people, the environment or the facility.” Such as a reactor core melt-down. But the troubling aspect of this definition is that it could be broadened to include things like spills of radioactive fracking fluids as well. Any large, uncontrolled release of radioactive materials into the environment would trigger these Protective Action Guidelines, leaving you with radioactive water.
If you live close to a nuclear facility, you are at risk for being exposed to a radiation contamination incident. Worse yet, you may not find out about it right away. For example, residents of Orange County, California were exposed to a release of radioactive materials when the steam generators at San Onofre nuclear power plant failed. Despite the release being significant enough to trigger the radiation alert system at the plant, the plant operator downplayed the incident. It wasn’t until weeks later when the plant operator, Southern California Edison, was forced to come clean and disclose that San Onofre had suffered a dangerous
radioactive leak. By the time residents were warned, it was too late to do anything about it.
Whole Home Water Filtration can Help
If you are at risk of being exposed to a radiation contamination incident – and most of the country is – you can protect yourself with a whole home water filtration system. Activated carbon systems provide good protection against radiation in drinking water, ion-trapping systems such as Life’s Dolphin Whole Home system, provide much better protection, because it’s Ion-trapping technology protects you from a wider range of contaminants. Whole home filtration is the only way to keep radioactive water entirely out of your home.
Ionized alkaline water may provide protection from radiation
Even if you filter out radioactive contaminants from your water, the water can still be unsafe to drink. This is because radioactive contaminants in water oxidize the elements in water which produce free radicals and Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) in water which is harmful to your health. A water ionizer can effectively reverse the damage, and turn water that has been oxidized by water radiolysis into the antioxidant alkaline water.
Research done in Russia suggested that ionized alkaline water may actually be able to protect the body from radiation poisoning. However, these studies, conducted under the Chelyabinsk Project, are very hard to come by. Life Ionizers’ search for them is ongoing, and we’ll report further on them as soon as we can find them. Learn More
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US EPA “Draft Protective Action Guide for Drinking Water after a Radiological Incident” Regulations.gov. 3 June 2016 Web 18 June 2016 https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0268-0210