Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Gulf oil attorney: 'Safe seafood' is public health danger

BP Oil Spill: Ocean Floor is COVERED with OIL!!

The BP oil spill…did you really think it was over? Did you truly believe the ROT put out by the BO administration not long ago and the BP execs who claimed that “Mother Nature” had taken care of all of the oil and it’s nowhere to be found? If you did then consider yourself one of the Kings or Queens of FOOLS!

ABC news recently went in search of oil caused by the BP spill not long ago and they took along some experts with them. And….lo and behold…what did they find? For one thing they discovered that about 1 mile down in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico its a DEAD ZONE! This little revelation was reported on Dec. 6th of this year on the Stuart Smith Blog at:

http://oilspillaction.com/more-evidence-that-bps-oil-is-blanketing-the-ocean-floor-and-killing-sea-organisms-en-masse-uga-professor-samantha-joye-it-looks-like-everything-is-dead

One of the experts ABC News took along for the ride was University of Georgia professor Samantha Joye and she said the Gulf “look like everything is dead” down on the sea floor. Now when this crew went down in a submarine to actually see the ocean floor in the Gulf some thought that the floor was covered with twigs but they were not twigs at all. Rather, what they were seeing and thinking were twigs were actually dead worms! They lay in an area of about 80 square miles of what is known as the “Kill Zone” near the BP Deepwater Horizon site in the Gulf. Joye says the material is about 4 inches thick! And Joye REFUTES the BO administrations claim that the “vast majority” of the oil is magically gone. That is just one more SPIN STORY coming from the Crap House!

ABC News has found that about 5000 feet down there is oil EVERYWHERE! The government continues to maintain that the majority of the oil is gone…..MAGICALLY disappeared…..but scientist say it is NOT GONE at all but, rather, it has settled to the ocean floor in the Gulf. Further, Gulf fisherman, environmentalists, and others continue to report that oil that there IS oil out in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and there is STILL oil coming ashore with some being in the form of tar balls. Joye says the oil is in places that nobody is looking for it and few are looking on the bottom of the ocean floor as she and ABC News did!

Now as Stuart Smith points out on his blog, “You have to wonder, if ABC can so quickly find the dead zone and an ocean floor covered with oil—aboard a US Navy vessel no less—why are the Coast Guard, NOAA, and the Obama Administration having so much trouble?” Well Stuart that would be because they DON’T want to find it! This administration has a really BAD habit of denying truth! You see Stuart, they live in IVORY TOWERS where everything is UTOPIAN and finding that “magically” disappearing oil just won’t fly in those IVORY TOWERS over at the Crap House or up on Dung Hill. :)

I have to tell you I was driving in my car the day I heard the news report on the radio saying that the administration said the BP oil has been taken care of by Mother Nature magically and that it was now all gone. In fact, I laughed so hard I had to pull off of the road! Oh yeah? Then what the hell was wrong with Mother Nature during the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska and many others? Why didn’t Mother Nature clean all of those spills us? What made the BP spill in the Gulf so special? NOTHING! Nothing at all because it one more SPIN ROUNTINE from the Crap House and the BO administration! One MORE denial of truth!

Now there is MORE and, frankly, this is absolutely FRIGHTENING folks!

Notice the SIBERIAN weather that is happening right now over the US and Europe? Recall a few days ago is SNOWED in Australia even though is it summer time there? It’s as if we are entering into some sort of ice age or something and it is even snowing in places like the Carolina’s right now too! Weird no? NOT! Not if you look at some of the US NAVY charts that appeared today on Rense.com! Those charts are at:

http://rense.com/navyDamaged.html

READ MORE OF THE STORY HERE:

http://roblorinov.wordpress.com/2010/12/26/bp-oil-spill-ocean-floor-is-covered-with-oil/

Monday, December 27, 2010

SOUND OFF IN THE COMMENTS SECTION--Panel challenges Gulf seafood safety all-clear

'It is unethical to experiment with the health of the U.S. population or military members,' toxicologist says

By Kari Huus

A New Orleans law firm is challenging government assurances that Gulf Coast seafood is safe to eat in the wake of the BP oil spill, saying it poses “a significant danger to public health.”

It’s a high-stakes tug-of-war that will almost certainly end up in the courts, with two armies of scientists arguing over technical findings that could have real-world impact for seafood consumers and producers.

Citing what the law firm calls a state-of-the-art laboratory analysis, toxicologists, chemists and marine biologists retained by the firm of environmental attorney Stuart Smith contend that the government seafood testing program, which has focused on ensuring the seafood was free of the cancer-causing components of crude oil, has overlooked other harmful elements. And they say that their own testing — examining fewer samples but more comprehensively — shows high levels of hydrocarbons from the BP spill that are associated with liver damage.

Is dispersant still being sprayed in the gulf?

“What we have found is that FDA simply overlooked an important aspect of safety in their protocol,” contends William Sawyer, a Florida-based toxicologist on Smith’s team. “We now have a sufficient number of samples to provide FDA with probable cause to include such testing, really. They need to go back and test some of their archived samples as well.”

Five months after crude oil stopped gushing from the broken BP wellhead into the Gulf of Mexico, the federal government has reopened more than 90 percent of fishing waters that were in danger of contamination from the broken Deepwater Horizon rig.

“There is no question gulf seafood coming to market is safe from oil or dispersant residue,” Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg said in an Oct. 29 statement as the final fisheries reopenings were under way. With a partner agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the FDA said it tested thousands of seafood samples before issuing the “all clear.”

READ MORE, SEE PICS AND WATCH VIDEOS AT THE FOLLOWING LINK:

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/40494122

Is dispersant still being sprayed in the gulf? This is YOUR opportunity to SOUND OFF in the COMMENTS SECTION!

Jerry Moran / Native Orleanian Fine Photography

This photo and laboratory tests indicating that this foamy substance is dispersed oil have raised questions about the government's assurances that the toxic chemical was not sprayed after the Deepwater Horizon well was capped.



Kari Huus writes:The use of chemical dispersants in the wake of the massive BP oil spill ended on July 15, when the broken Deepwater Horizon well was capped, with only one exception four days later, according to federal agencies. But photos and chemical lab results obtained by msnbc.com suggest that the controversial chemicals have been sprayed much more recently than that.

The photos and tests lend credence to persistent but unsubstantiated reports by Gulf Coast residents that the spraying of dispersants has continued well beyond the cutoff date acknowledged by the Deepwater Horizon response team.

The image above — time stamped and embedded with geographical coordinates — was captured by New Orleans photographer Jerry Moran off the coast of Mississippi when he was out with scientists on Aug. 9

“We were on our way back to Ocean Springs from Horn Island, about a mile or two off the coast … (and) we ran into these hundreds of yards long swaths of that cauliflower stuff,” said Moran.

Moran said the foamy substance on the water’s surface looked just like what he encountered while covering the oil spill response when dispersant — a product with the brand name Corexit — was being applied daily to oil slicks. The smell was unmistakable, he said.

“I almost passed out from the fumes,” he said. “It smelled like a gas station.”

An environmental technician who was present took water samples, which were then sent to a certified lab -- ALS Laboratory Group in Fort Collins.

The results, according to environmental investigator and engineer Marco Kaltofen, president of Boston Chemical Data Corp.: “Definitively Corexit and BP petroleum.”

Kaltofen is among the scientists retained by New Orleans attorney Stuart Smith to conduct independent environmental testing data from the Gulf on behalf of clients who are seeking damages from BP. (Click here to read about their effort.)

An independent marine chemist who reviewed the data said that their conclusion stands up.

“The analytical techniques are correct and well accepted,” said Ted Van Vleet, a professor at the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida. “Based on their data, it does appear that dispersant is present.”

Why responders would continue to use chemical dispersants after the government announced a halt is a mystery. If the oil was gone or already dispersed, as the federal government and BP have said, what would be the point? And, because dispersants don’t work very well on oil that has been “weathered” by the elements over long periods of times, there would be little point in spraying it that situation.

SEE MORE OF THE STORY AND THE COMMENTS HERE:
http://openchannel.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/12/27/5717367-is-dispersant-still-being-sprayed-in-the-gulf

Friday, December 24, 2010

MMS Alert: Conmen convince Gulf Residents to Drink Chlorine

  • December 24th, 2010 7:22 pm ET


Chlorine gas used by Germans (Photo: Otto Dix, A German Gas Attack (1924)


READ THE STORY HERE:
http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/mms-alert-conmen-convince-gulf-residents-to-drink-chlorine

The Day the Water Died: Detoxing After the Gulf Oil Spill

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/215274-The-Day-the-Water-Died-Detoxing-after-the-Gulf-Oil-Spill

The excitement of the season had just begun, and then we heard the news: oil in the water, lots of oil killing lots of water. It is too shocking to understand. Never in the millennium of our tradition have we thought it possible for the water to die, but it is true.

Chief Walter Meganack
Traditional Village Chief
Port Graham NativeVillage, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
(National Wildlife Federation, 1990)

Psychopaths Rule Our World


We are now part of a giant experiment on massive chemical toxicity exposure, where insanity, wishful thinking, denial, and outright lies run the show. Where our leaders are completely out of touch with reality and rather than guidance, protection and healing, they offer us disinformation and manipulation. How on earth did we allow this to happen? Then again, what do we expect in a world where psychopathic corporate interests dominate almost every area of life?

An invasive cancer has spread throughout our global society. Mother nature too has succumbed to the effects of this destructive ideology and now carries the seeds of ecological disaster in her womb. Despite all their machinations and carefully laid plans, the hubris and supreme self-interest of the psychopaths that rule our world have set humanity on a course for extinction. Who benefits when there are no people left to rule and control?

In the words of psychologist Andrew M. Lobaczweski:

[W]hat happens when psychopaths achieve global domination? Goaded by their character, such people thirst for just that [...] But germs are not aware that they will be burned alive or buried deep in the ground along with the human body whose death they are causing.

If such and many managerial positions are assumed by individuals deprived of sufficient abilities to feel and understand most other people, and who also betray deficiencies as regards technical imagination and practical skills - faculties indispensable for governing economic and political matters - this must result in an exceptionally serious crisis in all areas, both within the country in question and with regard to international relations. -Andrew M. Lobaczewski, Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes.

It is often said that if we don't learn from our history, we are doomed to repeat it, and it saddens me to have to say that, as a species, humanity today finds itself on the evolutionary cliff-edge once again. But times of great crisis and tragedy also present an opportunity to finally wake up to the reality of the world around us and the forces that would prefer human beings to go quietly and ignorantly into the cold, dark night of oblivion. Knowledge therefore is crucial, but to acquire and use knowledge, we must first ensure that we have healthy bodies, minds and emotions through which that knowledge will be expressed. It is for this reason that there has been a concerted effort by our political and corporate leaders to ensure that humanity remains caught in the grip of physical, psychological and emotional illness.

The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

The Exxon Valdez disaster spilled millions of gallons of oil in Prince William Sound, Alaska in 1989. As tragic as it was and still is, it pales in comparison to what happened this year in the gulf. It has been estimated that the BP oil spill poured the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez oil spill every 8 to 10 days. What most people don't know is that federal records show a steady stream of oil spills between 1964 and 2009 that dumped 517,847 barrels of petroleum - which would fill an equivalent number of standard American bathtubs - into the Gulf of Mexico. The spills killed thousands of birds and soiled beaches as far away as Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Altogether, they poured twice as much oil into U.S. waters as the Exxon Valdez tanker did when it ran aground in 1989. Now with the Gulf Oil Spill we are facing a disaster of epic proportions and consequences, an event that represents a point of no return.

READ MORE AT THE LINK:
http://www.sott.net/articles/show/215274-The-Day-the-Water-Died-Detoxing-after-the-Gulf-Oil-Spill

Hunting for Oil in the Muddy Waters of the Gulf Shore | Rocky Kistner's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

While Americans frantically dash through crowded strip malls, Paul and Michael Orr jump into their 17-foot Boston Whaler ready to hunt for a different kind of merchandise—the kind that grows in the Gulf of Mexico. They are searching for samples of seafood and sediment located in the oil damaged bayous of Louisiana.  And what they have found so far may lead to important revelations about potential contamination along the entire Gulf coast.
The Orr brothers work for the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, a group that has worked closely to monitor the environmental impacts of the worst oil disaster in US history. The Orrs are rugged environmentalists who grew up boating and fishing with their father throughout Pelican state. Since August, they have been working with McArthur “genius grant” recipient Wilma Subra to collect samples from the inlets and coastline, looking for oil and chemical contamination in oysters, shrimp, crab and sediments. They are looking in areas they believe the government has not. And they have found plenty.
Just last week LEAN posted the latest results of their tests, finding high levels of petroleum hydrocarbons in crab, shrimp, oysters and redfish.

Michael Orr


Paul (top) and Michael Orr, Pass a Loutre, LA
Photos by Rocky Kistner/NRDC
Paul and Michael know they are fighting against a rip tide of government reports saying the Louisiana seafood is safe to eat. But like many fishermen in the bayou, they're worried about what they can't see, smell or taste. 
“We’re just out here trying to figure out what’s in the environment," Paul Orr says. “We’ve been consistently finding levels of contamination the government isn’t finding. And we’re using the best certified labs and sampling techniques.”
The brothers guide their boat out of Venice harbor, once teeming with oil cleanup workers and Coast Guard personnel. Now most of them are gone, but the Orrs say the oil is not. They have seen it on nearly every trip to the remote coastlines of the Louisiana bayou. It’s no longer floating on the water's surface in thick crusty crude-filled carpets, but it’s buried deep in the sand and mud along the coastal shores. No one knows how much still remains underwater, hidden from sight and out of mind. But the oily residue is probably leaching into seafood in some places. And that’s what the Orr's intend to find out.
As the small boat heads down the massive Mississippi River channel south of Venice, we come to the Head of Passes, where the river splits into multiple channels that funnel billions of gallons of river water and nutrients into the Gulf. The Orr’s take the left channel, Pass A Loutre, which is a remote channel not used by commercial river traffic. Beautiful rows of Rosetta canes stretch out for miles as far as the eye can see. Snowy egrets, brown pelicans and seagulls soar and dive for fish in the river.
Suddenly, the dream-like scenery comes to a lurching stop. A thick brown cloud rises from the river bottom. It’s not oil, but silty Mississippi River mud in deceptively shallow sandbars under the opaque river water. Michael and I jump out of the boat and begin to push. The water is cold, a lot colder than just a few months ago. Winter weather up north has pushed frigid water south down the Mississippi, pushing Louisiana shrimp and sea life further out into the warm waters of the Gulf.


Finally we push the boat into a slightly deeper channel and set off down the river. We end up repeating this exercise several times. It’s nearly impossible to know where to avoid sandbars  down here. They shift and move constantly with the tides and wind.
After an hour we finally reach the mouth of the river pass, where the steel grey vastness of the gulf stretches out into the void. An old dark lighthouse sits in the middle of the channel. It once was on land, but now it's completely encircled by water; a telltale sign of the rapid coastal destruction eroding the marshlands here.
Michael grabs a crab trap stuffed with chicken necks and flings it into the river. He's out to catch some crabs and bring them back to test for evidence of oil contamination. From a vantage point on the surface, it’s hard to imagine an oil polluted environment. But what lurks below the surface may be another story.
The brothers push off from the shoreline and head south into the Gulf and down the coastline. The wind is blowing steadily, but it’s a south wind that's warmer than the breeze upriver. About 10 miles down the coast we pull in close to shore and Paul and I wade onto the beach. He’s off to collect soil sediments in an area they tested back in August. They want to compare samples to see if things have gotten better—or worse—since the well was capped last summer.
At first the coast appears normal. No evidence of tar balls, at least not today. It's been scrubbed by cleanup crews. But further back in the marsh grass it’s a different story. Lines of brown streaks stain the mud and sand, and a smell of oil wafts up from the reeds. I push my foot into the soft mud and sandy soil and an oily sheen of waters bubbles up, spreading like gasoline poured on a puddle.



Photos by Rocky Kistner/NRDC
This is dramatic evidence the oil is still here. It's stuck here and saturated the ground like a brown poisonous tide. What it is doing to the environment and the wildlife along these shores is hard to know. Only time will tell.
Paul digs up samples of oily mud and soil and stuffs them into sterilized jars. The smell test is pretty clear. No doubt this is oil, no doubt it’s soaked into the muddy sediment. “This is pretty discouraging,” Paul says. “It wasn’t that much different when we sampled in August back here.”
Slowly we wade back to the bobbing boat offshore. We fire up the engine and begin the two-hour journey home under a darkening sky. As we reach the river pass, rows of ducks can be seen bobbing in the water and flying across the horizon. It’s part of the great fall and winter bird migration, a aerial highway of millions of ducks, geese, and migratory birds that stop to use these marshlands as a feeding ground for the winter.

Photo by Rocky Kistner/NRDC

But will the oily residue impact these birds? Will it contaminate the crabs, oysters and animals that thrive in the marshy environment? No one can say. We can only demand tests that verify and document what is happening to this unique environment, a treasured resource severly damaged by massive levies, oil and gas pipelines and now 200 million gallons of oil spewed into the ocean.
For Paul and Michael Orr, this is a holiday season to celebrate with the rest of the country. But it’s not a time to relax. There’s too much at stake. The BP oil disaster has caused economic hardship for millions of people along the gulf coast, and its environmental toll won’t be known for years.
People like the Orrs want to make certain that we learn from this disaster and quickly shift to a clean energy economy so we won’t have to relive this nightmare again. And they have witnessed the true cost of our oil-addicted economy. It's buried right here in the sand and mud at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Moon from my window on 12/23/10!


Picture of the Moon 12/23/10
By Anita Stewart

Crude oil, Corexit and now, Snake Oil to FIX IT!

This is scary...the Gulf Coast People have already been victims of the Petrochemical Industry...and now THIS!
In short, a "miracle cure" is being sold to the sick in the gulf region and it is nothing more than POOL SHOCK!
This seems like sensationalized news, but I can assure you, this is true!

Read the story here:
http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/gulfleak-from-crude-oil-to-snake-oil#comment-13496541

MY COMMENT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STORY:
Thanks for providing us with the truth of this, Deborah. One thing that is especially telling is the fact that these snake oil salespeople have not provided a single lab report, an ingredient list or for that matter, any documentation whatsoever regarding this so called "product." They don't want to, then they could be held liable.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Kazi Files – The Water Plot

From Dr. Kazi Kearse…
As far back as I can remember, we were told that our water supply was safe. In fact, they told us it was the best in the world. As a child, I drank water from the sink, and the outside hose. My children played under the sprinkler, and bathed in water from the bath tub. Little did I know, how little I was being told….
The Water Cycle
Wikipedia says that the water cycle, describes the continuous movement of water on, above, and below the surface of the Earth. Water can change states among liquid, vapor  and ice at various places in the water cycle. The water moves from one reservoir to another, such as from river to ocean, or from the ocean to the atmosphere, by the physical processes of evaporation, condensation, precipitation, infiltration, runoff, and subsurface flow. In so doing, the water goes through different phases: liquid, solid, and gas.
The water cycle also involves the exchange of heat energy, which leads to temperature changes. For instance, in the process of evaporation, water takes up energy from the surroundings and cools the environment. Conversely, in the process of condensation, water releases energy to its surroundings, warming the environment. The water cycle figures significantly in the maintenance of life and ecosystems on Earth.
Most of the surface of the planet is covered by water. You once could use it freely, but slowly our rights to water is being given away. We gave government the right to our natural water supply in exchange for being told that they would keep it safe, and regulate it’s distribution equitably. We would soon discover that the government would give our water supply over to private corporations. Corporations which are in the For Profit business, and who seek ever increasing prices, and ever decreasing costs.

AGENDA 21
Agenda 21 is a UN program that is a blueprint for the New World Oder. Agenda 21 is really a form of racketeering relating to water, land control and wealth transfer. A bold statement ? Yes, but to the point. The UN globalists do nothing to hide this. It’s all about stealing from those that have a little, and giving to the have – mores. The UN Agenda 21 plan is a reverse Robin Hood.
Ted Tweitmeyer says an example of what water taxes will be like, can be found with mileage taxes. To collect these UN mileage taxes (proposed to be 65 cents per mile) the UN will demand and enforce collection from everyone in North America. They will not NOT give any of this windfall to the nations they extort it from. Instead, it will go to the international bankers. A satellite tracker box in every vehicle will enforce collection of UN revenue. When you don’t pay it, a satellite command signal will be sent to disable your vehicle, no matter where you are on the planet. This is the same method used to enable and disable satellite TV receivers.
Listed below are just 7 chapters from Agenda 21relating to water from a total of 39 Agenda 21 Issues, that reach into every facet of society:
Agriculture (which requires water)
Biodiversity (which requires water)
Desertification and Drought (water control)
Oceans and Seas (desalination)
Energy (which can be generated by water)
Forests (which requires water)
Fresh Water
The $$$$  in Water = Privatizing Water
In “Water Is Life” Justin VanOverbeke  says that currently there is a rush to privatize water services around the world. The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) are pushing for the privatization of water services by European and U.S.-based companies. They are pushing privatization through stipulations in trade agreements and loan conditions to developing countries. These privatization programs started in the early 1990’s and have since emerged in India, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Nigeria, Mexico, Malaysia, Australia, and the Philippines, to name a few. In Chile, the World Bank imposed a loan condition to guarantee a 33 percent profit margin to the French company Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux while the company insisted on a margin of 35 percent.
This privatization of services is only the first step toward the privatization of all aspects of water. Through this new globalization and privatization of water resources, there is an effort to replace collective ownership of water sources with corporate control. This effort is being met with increasing opposition. Supporters of privatization say that it has a great track record of success, increasing the efficiency, quality, reliability and affordability of services to the population.
Yet the industry has a track record of hazards and failures. For example, private companies most often violate standards of operation, and engage in price fixing without many consequences. This leads to water stress among the poor populations of these areas, causing people to drink water that is often very contaminated and hazardous to their health
Water Fluoridation

Dr Paul Connett has said in a prisonplantet.com article that heavy industry is barred from dumping toxic waste into the sea by international law, but being able to sell it enables them to remove its hazardous characteristic and it becomes a product, explains Connett, polluting not only our water supply but also toothpaste and thousands of different foods.
Connett provides a detail run down of the many health problems caused by fluoride consumption, including dental fluorosis, which the Centers For Disease Control just recently announced was a problem for 41 per cent of children aged 12-15 in the United States, clearly indicating that children are being over-exposed to fluoride and that this is affecting other tissues and organs in the body, including bone disorders, a problem also wreaking havoc amongst adults in the United States as one in three now suffer from arthritis, which again is being caused by a build-up of toxic fluoride in the body. Connett also points to fluoride’s connection with thyroid disorders.
There have now been over 100 studies involving animals which show that fluoride damages the brain, stresses Connett, which is a particular concern for newborn babies who are susceptible to fluoride build up because of their weak blood-brain barrier. Connett cites numerous studies which prove a link between moderate exposure to fluoride and lowered IQ in children.


Fluoride’s impact on the pineal gland, which is a piece of brain tissue that sits in-between the two hemispheres of the brain, is key because fluoride attracts to this gland like a magnet. Researchers have found through animal studies that fluoride lowers the ability of the pineal gland to produce the hormone melatonin, which in turn shortens the time it takes to reach puberty, correlating with studies of fluoridated communities that show girls are on average menstruating 5 months earlier than those in non-fluoridated communities. Children are entering puberty at increasingly early stages and this is causing widespread concern, but health authorities have made no effort whatsoever to conduct any studies regarding this development and its link to fluoride.
Health authorities in western countries, particularly the United States, are deliberately covering-up the deadly threat posed by fluoride by refusing to conduct any studies into its impact on health, as Connett explains. They have chosen to protect the sanctity of the method of mass fluoridation over and above protecting the health of babies and children. Connett emphasizes the fact that there is virtually no difference in the health of teeth between people in fluoridated areas and non-fluoridated areas, proving that there are no health benefits at all that can be achieved through fluoridating the water supply.
Connett underscores how out of control health authorities in the United States have become, putting out studies that claim injecting mercury into a baby’s bloodstream through vaccines is perfectly safe and good for babies’ brains, while regulating mercury emissions in every other field because it is highly toxic. They have taken a similar approach in the fluoride debate, issuing studies that claim sodium fluoride, a toxic waste which has been heavily regulated in the industrial sphere for decades, has many beneficial health advantages when ingested into the human body. This is fostering widespread distrust in government health agencies because scientists involved with them are overseeing a “sickening” cover-up of the fluoride issue, states Connett.
Since 2004, testing by water utilities has found 315 pollutants in the tap water Americans drink, according to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) drinking water quality analysis of almost 20 million records obtained from state water officials.
More than half of the chemicals detected are not subject to health or safety regulations and can legally be present in any amount. The federal government does have health guidelines for others, but 49 of these contaminants have been found in one place or another at levels above those guidelines, polluting the tap water for 53.6 million Americans. The government has not set a single new drinking water standard since 2001.
Water utilities spend 19 times more on water treatment chemicals every year than the federal government invests in protecting lakes and rivers from pollution in the first place.
Based on these data, EWG believes the federal government has a responsibility to do a national assessment of drinking water quality. It should establish new safety standards, set priorities for pollution prevention projects, and tell consumers about the full range of pollutants in their water.
Because it has not, EWG launched a 3-year project to create the largest drinking water quality database in existence. This user-friendly, interactive resource covers 48,000 communities in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
BP, COREXIT, AND THE SO CALLED OIL SPILLS
BP also known as British Petroleum is a very old globalist company. The Queen is a major shareholder in it, and it even goes back to colonial times, when it was called The East India Trading Company. You may remember them from the Boston Tea Party and The American Revolution.

It’s controlled by the same international banking families that own the Federal Reserve, The IRS, and the major defense contractors. Thus the major international corporations may have different presidents, boards, etc… But the owners are actually the same class of international banking families. There are some disputes among them, from time to time, but overall, they work together. Like organized crime may have different families, but they all do the same thing: Think of ways to suck off of us.
It gets worse though, because their plan is to become more and more efficient at sucking off of us, and to do that they need us at a sustainable level. They have determined that the level that will be necessary is 500 million people. The problem is that there are almost 7 billion of us. Which will mean the gradual elimination of the majority of people on the planet.
To do this they need a vast and diverse depopulation plan. They have decided to not only get rid of the vast majority of us, but to also make money as they do it. They cause the problem, and then they own the solution, or at least the temporary solution, because their germs just get more sophisticated.
BP caused the Gulf Of Mexico oil spill, and owned the solution ( Corexit ) through a subsidiary company, NALCO. The oil companies learned that the more oil spills they caused, the more profit they can make from the cleanup dispersants. So there are huge oil spills all around the world now.
The poisons in the dispersants contaminate the water supply, and get into every level of the water cycle, and food chain…. Killing off the 6.5 billion people over time that they require for their New World Order. Who do they want to kill? Anyone they can’t control.
Dr. Henry Kissinger, who wrote: “Depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy towards the Third World.”
Leuren Moret has said that research on population control, preventing future births, is now being carried out secretly by biotech companies. Dr. Ignacio Chapela, a University of California microbiologist, discovered that wild corn in remote parts of Mexico is contaminated with lab altered DNA. That discovery made him a threat to the biotech industry.
Chapela was denied tenure at UC Berkeley when he reported this to the scientific community, despite the embarrassing discovery that UC Chancellor Berdahl, who was denying him tenure, was getting large cash payments – $40,000 per year – from the LAM Research Corp. in Plano, Texas.
Berdahl served as president of Texas A&M University before coming to Berkeley. During a presentation about his case, Chapela revealed that a spermicidal corn developed by a U.S. company is now being tested in Mexico. Males who unknowingly eat the corn produce non-viable sperm and are unable to reproduce.
( When a society is not able to reproduce = Eventual Depopulation)
It is no surprise that this policy was established under President Carter with help from Kissinger and Brzezinski – all with ties to David Rockefeller. The Bush family, the Harriman family – the Wall Street business partners of Bush in financing Hitler – and the Rockefeller family are the elite of the American eugenics movement. Even Prince Philip of Britain, a member of the Bilderberg Group, is in favor of depopulation:
“If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels” (Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, leader of the World Wildlife Fund, quoted in “Are You Ready for Our New Age Future?” Insiders Report, American Policy Center, December 1995).
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been proposing, funding and building Bio-Weapons Level 3 and Level 4 labs at many places around the U.S. even on university campuses and in densely populated urban locations. In a Bio-Weapons Level 4 facility, a single bacteria or virus is lethal. Bio-Weapons Level 4 is the highest level legally allowed in the continental U.S.
( He also owns a vaccine pharmaceutical company that makes the swine flu vaccine, of which President Barack Obama owns stock in )
Population is a political problem. The extreme secrecy surrounding the takeover of nuclear weapons, NASA and the space program and the development of numerous bio-weapons labs is a threat to civil society, especially in the hands of the military and corporations.
The fascist application of all three of these programs can be used to achieve established U.S. government depopulation policy goals, which may eliminate the worlds existing population through war, famine, disease and any other methods necessary.
Two excellent examples of existing U.S. depopulation policy are, first, the long-term impact on the civilian population from Agent Orange in Vietnam, where the Rockefellers built oil refineries and aluminum plants during the Vietnam War. The second is the permanent contamination of the Middle East and Central Asia with depleted uranium, which, unfortunately, will destroy the genetic future of the populations living in those regions and will also have a global effect already reflected in increases in infant mortality reported in the U.S., Europe, and the UK.”
In short, there is a war against us. The Water Plot is key to their attempting to take complete control of you, your family, and the world… And make a buck while doing it… You need to stand up against them. You cannot run from this battle. There is no where to hide.
They do not realize it, but through their insane acts, they are actually helping transform us by forcing us to find the great power inside us. History will show that LIGHT is the only true force in the universe, and darkness is merely the momentary absence of it….
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CRISIS CAPITALISM--AND THE CORPORATE RAPE OF US CITIZENS!

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Gulf Tides 9: Mistrust & Missed Opportunities - BP Drilling Disaster - December 20, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

GOVERNMENT, MILITARY and BP RESPONSE to FREE HELP in the GULF REGION

***PLEASE FORWARD FAR AND WIDE!

From: Nancy Lazaryan <nancylazaryan@yahoo.com>
To: john KENNETH hutchison <JOHNKH25@YAHOO.COM>
Sent: Tue, December 21, 2010 1:06:09 PM
Subject: More emails with BP

Thought you folks would like to know how BP responded to our offer to clean the Gulf waters for FREE.
 
(The cc: on the email below is to Coast Guard Chief Jeff Hall. I spoke with Chief Hall over 6 weeks ago. He PROMISED to "get back to me"...and never has...and the Coast Guard are the folks spraying the Corexit.)
 
Perhaps y'all would like to send an email to John Warner at BP and to Chief Hall...let them know what YOU think...and PLEASE...POST on any and all of your BLOGS.

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Nancy Lazaryan <nancylazaryan@yahoo.com>
To: "Warner, John W (Contractor)" <John.Warner@bp.com>
Cc: jeffrey.b.hall@uscg.mil
Sent: Tue, December 21, 2010 11:49:05 AM
Subject: Re: Solution to Gulf Disaster - FREE - Sound Frequencies

Mr. Warner (and to all the people that I have copied this email to):
 
A foreign corporation, for whom you work (BP) has caused the worst ecological disaster known to modern man. The "solution" that has been used by BP (in collusion with "our" government") has been to HIDE the oil by use of dispersants (Corexit).
 
Mr. Hutchison and I have come to SOLVE the disaster that has been laid upon the people and the marine life in the Gulf.
 
We have PROVEN this works.
 
You state:
"You have positioned your technology so that all operations staff at BP can contact you when a need arises.  We are very much aware of what you have.  However, at this point we feel that your technology is at a stage that needs testing and approval by several government agencies before we could ever use it or assist you."
Let me evaluate your statement.
 
"BOP can contact you when a need arises".
Are you saying there is NO NEED to eliminate the oil BP suspended in the waters of the Gulf? Are you saying this suspended oil is not a health risk?
 
"we feel your technology is at a stage that needs testing and approval by several government agencies before we could ever use it or assist you."
I have contacted numerous "government agencies" to work with us in doing further testing. There has been NO RESPONSE from these "government agencies". Are you saying there is NO ONE at BP that can evaluate this technology?
 
Why is it so difficult for YOU to pick up the phone, call the appropriate "government agencies" and work together with us to verify this technology does in fact work?
 
Are all the conspiracy theories true, that it is the intent of BP and the "powers that be" to create a genocide in the Gulf; to eliminate the people and other life with the use of Corexit?
Why is the Coast Guard still spraying Corexit?
 
At this point, I would tend to agree with these conspiracy theories.
There is a FREE SOLUTION, that WORKS offered to YOU (BP).
Instead of working together to solve the huge mess created by the BP oil (and now the dispersant) you send this ridiculous email.
 
Nancy Lazaryan
Who dat?
We dat.
We da little people.
 
 


From: "Warner, John W (Contractor)" <John.Warner@bp.com>
To: nancylazaryan@yahoo.com
Sent: Tue, December 21, 2010 10:54:00 AM
Subject: Solution to Gulf Disaster - FREE - Sound Frequencies

Dear Ms Lazaryan,

 

My name is John Warner and I work in the Alternative Response Technology team for BP.  I have been asked to review our databases for input from you about your sound/frequency technology that removes oil from water.  I have found that you have sent us data on two different occasions.  I list that information below:

  • Record No 1 = 350278
    • Submit date = 29 Oct 2010
    • Submitted by = Nancy Lazaryan
    • Contact info. = No Email and phone = 612-703-5533
    • Company = NA
    • Product =  “Caller wants to find someone in Belle Chasse. Free help to eliminate oil in water column. Testing from independent lab from water before and after. Limited access to email. Alerted caller to receipt of email.”
    • Service = NA
    • Equipment = NA
    • Expertise = NA
    • Record No 2 = 350281
      • Submit date = 29 Oct 2010
      • Submitted by = Nancy Lazaryan
      • Contact info. = No Email and phone = 612-703-5533
      • Company = NA
      • Product =  “Caller wants to find someone in Belle Chasse. Free help to eliminate oil in water column. Testing from independent lab from water before and after. Limited access to email. Alerted caller to receipt of email. Provided JIC Gov't Media Line number. Advised caller of info on bp website.”
      • Service = NA
      • Equipment = NA
      • Expertise = NA

      We have also reviewed many of the videos you sent us for review via the YouTube. 

       

      You have positioned your technology so that all operations staff at BP can contact you when a need arises.  We are very much aware of what you have.  However, at this point we feel that your technology is at a stage that needs testing and approval by several government agencies before we could ever use it or assist you.

       

      We thank you very much for you desire and willingness to assist us with our job in the Gulf of Mexico .

       

      The best of luck to you in your ventures,

      John

      John W. Warner
      Deepwater Horizon Response Team
      IATAP/VIP Technology Coordinator
      Gulf Coast Restoration Org.
      Houston WL 3.236 - Office: 281-366-4259

Censored Gulf news: Oily Corexit still bubbles ashore (video) - National Human Rights

Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Solstice to EVERYONE!

U.S.-made drywall under fire

Subj: SPECIAL REPORT: U.S.-made drywall under fire

This was put out by the Sarasota Herald Tribune and picked up by Tampa Tribune, but I did not see it in the SP Times or online.  Had to search.  Look what they're making it out of here in the U.S.A.!

SPECIAL REPORT: U.S.-made drywall under fire

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20101215/ARTICLE/101219866#
STAFF PHOTO / DAN WAGNER
The National Gypsum factory is shown in Gibsonton.

By Aaron Kessler
and JOAQUIN SAPIEN, ProPublica
Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 4:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 4:55 p.m.
( page 1 of 9 )
Two years after thousands of Americans learned that defective Chinese drywall had contaminated their houses, a growing group of homeowners say they are experiencing similar problems -- but their homes are built with drywall made in the United States.
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20101215/ARTICLE/101219866#
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Seen through a hole cut into a wall, George Brincku and his daughter pose in the kitchen of the Brincku home in Alva, near Fort Myers. The Brinckus claim in a lawsuit that the National Gypsum drywall in the house is toxic much like Chinese drywall.
Ninety-seven homeowners in four states have joined lawsuits against U.S. drywall manufacturers in the past year, claiming that their drywall is releasing enough sulfur gas to corrode wiring and appliances and cause headaches, nosebleeds, labored breathing and irritated eyes -- complaints that until now have been mostly associated with Chinese drywall.
Many families have abandoned their homes, fearing long-term health problems. Some are facing foreclosure, or even bankruptcy.
Plaintiffs in the largest lawsuit, which involves 93 Florida homes, attribute the problems to drywall made by National Gypsum, one of the nation's largest drywall manufacturers. Separate cases have been filed against National Gypsum in Arizona and Alabama.
Two other lawsuits, each involving a single homeowner, have also been filed. One, in South Dakota, is against U.S. Gypsum. The other, filed by a Florida couple against Georgia Pacific, has been settled out of court.
All the makers deny anything is wrong with their products.
Lawsuits represent one side of a legal dispute, and none of the American drywall cases have come to trial. But court records show that many of the plaintiffs have test results from independent laboratories that show high levels of sulfur gas coming from the walls of their homes.
The plaintiffs' attorneys say in court documents that the gas release may somehow be connected to synthetic gypsum, a form of coal ash produced by the scrubbing process that removes sulfur dioxide from the emissions of coal-fired power plants. Nearly half of American drywall is now made with this synthetic product, known as flue gas desulfurized gypsum or FGD gypsum.
Despite its increasing popularity, synthetic gypsum is not regulated by the federal government. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency supports the reuse of FGD gypsum because it protects the air, recycles waste that would otherwise go to a landfill and creates useful products.

The industry has voluntary standards, but they apply only to fire resistance and strength.
Michael Gardner, executive director of the Gypsum Association, a trade group that represents the drywall industry, said additional oversight is unnecessary. "There has never been a problem with the use of FGD gypsum wallboard since its inception," Gardner said.
At least one of the lawsuits also points to another possible cause: The defective drywall was made with scrap from recycled drywall -- perhaps Chinese drywall.
In September, the Consumer Product Safety Commission commissioned a study of a small group of homes with problematic American drywall, similar to an examination of homes with Chinese board it completed last year. But figuring out what is causing the problems -- and who should pay to fix them -- is likely to be a long and laborious process. After two years of studying Chinese drywall, the agency has not figured out what caused it to release sulfur gases, and the homeowners' lawsuits are still mired in the courts.
The CPSC's main theory in the Chinese drywall cases is that one or several of the mines that supplied manufacturers with natural gypsum contained a high concentration of sulfur. But CPSC inspectors say it also is possible some of the defective Chinese drywall was produced with synthetic gypsum from Chinese power plants.
For homeowners who believe their houses have been contaminated by U.S.-made drywall, the scientific question of what is causing the problem is overshadowed by more immediate questions of financial survival. The CPSC's preliminary guidelines for remediating homes made with defective drywall say all the drywall and electrical wiring should be replaced, an undertaking that can cost $100,000 or more.
"I felt totally and completely alone when we found out we had American drywall," said Julie Mraz, whose Florida home was built with National Gypsum drywall. "I thought, oh my God, now what? I hadn't heard of anyone having problems with it."
Both Mraz and her husband, Joseph, have severe health problems, and the house was built to accommodate Joseph Mraz's wheelchair.
Soon after they moved in, the couple noticed a strong sulfuric smell and the coils on their air-conditioner corroded -- a telltale sign of defective drywall. Joseph Mraz's childhood asthma returned for the first time in almost 30 years. When his breathing became so labored that he had to be hospitalized, doctors urged them to move out of the house. They now rent an apartment, and Julie Mraz said her husband's breathing problems have improved.
FREEFALL TO FORECLOSURE
John and Katherine Kallas, who built their dream home during 2005 in Lehigh Acres, are among more than a dozen people the Herald-Tribune and ProPublica interviewed who say that defective American drywall has upended their lives.
In October 2005, the Kallases began paying a $180,000 mortgage on a home they had built on a lot purchased for $40,000. About a year after they moved in, the hallmark signs of defective drywall began to appear.
They suffered constricted breathing, headaches and other health problems. Their dishwasher broke down, then their refrigerator. The air-conditioner failed soon after its coils corroded.
"A bunch of jewelry kept turning black. I kept cleaning it and it kept turning black. I lost three TVs. My computer crashed. I bought a brand-new one, and then that one crashed, too," Katherine Kallas said.
When a relative called in December 2008 and asked if the Kallases had heard about the Chinese drywall problem, the family became even more confused.
John Kallas immediately climbed into the attic to see if he could find any Chinese trademarks on their drywall. Instead, he found markings for National Gypsum and U.S. Gypsum.
The Kallases hired Miami-based attorney David Durkee, who was recruiting Chinese-drywall victims in Lee County. (Lee has had more drywall problems than any other county in Florida.)
They also sought tax relief from the Lee County property appraiser's office, which lowered the assessed value of their three-bedroom home.
In 2009 the Kallases' builder sent an inspector to examine the house. They soon received a letter confirming their fears.
"Test results confirmed the presence of the effects from sulfide gases and the presence of drywall releasing these gases," the company said in the letter.
Builder K. Hovnanian offered to repair the Kallases' home by removing all the wiring and drywall and then ventilating the house for 14 days before installing new drywall and wiring.
But the Consumer Product Safety Commission had not yet released its repair protocols, and the Kallases worried that the builder's plan might be inadequate. They rejected the offer and in February of this year moved into a rented house.
Katherine Kallas said their attorney "just kind of blew us off from there." When she called Durkee to ask about her case, she said she got updates on the progress of the Chinese drywall litigation.
"I'd have to remind him that I have American drywall, but he doesn't seem interested in going after our manufacturer," she said.
Durkee told the Herald-Tribune and ProPublica that he is not suing National Gypsum or U.S. Gypsum because he is confident he can persuade the Kallases' builder and drywall distributor to compensate them for their losses.
The Kallases could not afford to pay both their rent and their mortgage, so they stopped paying the mortgage. Eventually they received a foreclosure notice from their lender, Wells Fargo. Their home is scheduled to auctioned later this month.
"This is an unfortunate situation and a reminder to all homebuyers that it is important to know everything possible about the materials used in a home before it is purchased," said a Wells Fargo executive in an e-mail to the Herald-Tribune and ProPublica. "We sincerely hope the Kallases are successful in their efforts to resolve their differences with the home builder."
The Kallases now worry that Wells Fargo will force them to pay the difference between what they owed on the house and what it will eventually sell for, which would force them to declare bankruptcy.
"It's terrible. It's very upsetting. We thought we were responsible homeowners. We had never missed a mortgage payment before," Katherine Kallas said.
SCIENCE ON ITS SIDE
In Alva, about a dozen miles from the Kallases, George and Brenda Brincku were trying to figure out what was wrong with the 3,160-square-foot home they had built for themselves and their three children.
From 2006 to 2009, the Brinckus replaced the coils on their air-conditioning units seven times. At one point they demanded that the president of the company that made the air-conditioners visit their home and explain why his product kept breaking down.
Other appliances faltered, too. Two laundry washers, one microwave, two computer printers, smoke alarms, lamps, answering machines, flashlights, cell phones and fans.
They also had health problems. Someone always seemed to be coughing, and nearly everyone had severely irritated eyes. The Brinckus' then-20-year old daughter, Ashley, had frequent bouts of dizziness and once fainted in her room.
After Chinese drywall began making headlines, George Brincku crawled into the attic to check for signs of corrosion. When he emerged he was nauseated for three days and began having frequent nosebleeds.
The Brinckus contacted the Florida Department of Health, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, their homeowner's insurance company and their builder's insurance company. Each time they were told that their house was exhibiting signs of corrosion that are more typically linked to Chinese drywall. But they could not find any Chinese insignias on their board.
The Brinckus eventually learned that most of their drywall was manufactured by National Gypsum, which told them it came from the company's Apollo Beach drywall plant, about 130 miles north near Tampa. Some of the drywall was also made by U.S. Gypsum, but the Brinckus said test results later showed that the U.S. Gypsum board was not releasing gases.
In March 2009, National Gypsum sent 11 people to inspect the Brincku home. The team stayed for a week, removing dozens of pieces of drywall and taking samples of their water. The Brinckus prepared lunch for them almost every day.
"It seemed like they were trying to cut as many samples out of the house as they could to see if they could find some Chinese board," George Brincku said, while taking a reporter through the now vacant home. "By the time they were done the house looked like Swiss cheese."
The case began attracting national attention when CBS News asked the University of Florida to test samples of defective drywall, including samples from the Brincku home.
Timothy Townsend, the environmental engineering professor whose team conducted the tests, said some of the Brinckus' samples released an unusually high amount of sulfur gas. Townsend also tested several pieces of newly purchased American board and found that some released more sulfur than new Chinese drywall that CBS bought in China.
When CBS showed National Gypsum the UF findings, spokeswoman Nancy Spurlock said the company had commissioned its own tests, from Packer Engineering, which showed that its drywall did not produce enough sulfur gas to cause corrosion. ( Corporate tactics like BP)
"We have science on our side now," Spurlock said in a transcribed interview with correspondent Armen Keteyian that CBS News provided to the Herald-Tribune and ProPublica. "We believe that there's no scientific evidence to show that our wallboard, or any domestic wallboard that we know of causes the same problems as corrosive drywall."
But two later tests of the Brinckus' drywall, conducted by environmental engineering firms, backed up the UF results. (Deja vue???)
According to Rimkus Engineering, hired by the Brinckus' insurance company, one sample released carbon disulfide at a concentration of 880 parts per billion. A commercially purchased piece of drywall that Rimkus used as a baseline released less than 50 parts per billion.
The other test was done pro bono by Materials Analytical Services, which was developing a drywall inspection method.
It found that one piece of wallboard from the Brincku home was releasing 120 parts per billion.
Both companies also found that some pieces of drywall in the Brincku house were not releasing much gas at all, which was not surprising given that many homes are built with several brands of drywall.
In a recent interview with the Herald-Tribune and ProPublica, Spurlock said National Gypsum still stands by its claim that its drywall is not releasing sulfur at levels that can cause corrosion. She suggested instead that corrosion found in homes built with National Gypsum might be caused by sulfuric water, which is common in Florida.
But according to copies of the Packer Engineering tests obtained by the Herald-Tribune and ProPublica, none of the 21 water samples Packer took from the Brincku home had high amounts of sulfur.
The Brinckus' case against National Gypsum has been put on hold by Miami-based federal Judge Jose Martinez, who has determined that a similar lawsuit filed against National Gypsum in Arizona should be heard first.
Meanwhile, the Brinckus are trying to avoid foreclosure. Last week they got some good news: Their lender, Fannie Mae, agreed to defer their loan payments until April 30.
COAL-ASH QUESTIONS
According to court documents filed by the Brinckus' attorneys, 93 families now claim that drywall from National Gypsum's Apollo Beach drywall plant is causing the problems in their homes.
The lawsuit alleges that the FGD gypsum in the drywall has something to do with the outgassing.
It also says that some recycled scrap drywall, perhaps Chinese drywall, may have been mixed in with the FGD gypsum.
But Spurlock, the company spokeswoman, said the Apollo Beach plant does not use recycled drywall.
Apollo Beach uses FGD gypsum provided by Big Bend, a nearby coal-fired power plant operated by TECO Energy, a Tampa-based electric utility company. TECO did not return calls for comment on this story, but its website says its FGD gypsum also is used in concrete and fertilizer.
Although the federal government does not regulate drywall, the EPA has spent the last two years drafting rules on the ash produced by coal-fired power plants, which forms the synthetic gypsum used in drywall.
According to the EPA, several kinds of coal ash are produced when coal is burned to generate energy. Some types are potentially hazardous, including the toxic sludge that in 2008 spilled into a Tennessee community from a 1.1 billion gallon waste pond.
Other types of coal ash, including FGD gypsum, are considered relatively harmless.
A draft of the EPA's proposed rule includes tighter regulations for the disposal of some forms of coal ash, but would exempt FGD gypsum.
The draft said that the coal ash used in building products and fertilizer "can be beneficially reused," and "no documented cases of damage to human health or the environment have been identified."
But the proposed rule notes that the EPA did not conduct specific risk assessments for the use of coal ash in building materials and acknowledges that the ash could become problematic if improved scrubbing technologies remove more contaminants from the air. Most of the EPA's past research into the reuse of gypsum has been done in conjunction with the gypsum industry, through its Coal Combustion Products Partnership.
National Gypsum and the Gypsum Association have hired teams of lobbyists to try to shape the EPA's new rules.
Spurlock said the manufacturers fear that labeling any form of coal ash hazardous will create a "negative stigma" about FGD gypsum, and that customers will be afraid to buy drywall made from it.
"In their mind, it's still hazardous so there is potential liability there. Anyone can sue for anything," Spurlock said.
Currently, the only standards that apply to drywall are voluntary guidelines for strength and fire resistance set by a committee consisting mostly of drywall manufacturers and builders. The committee is part of the American Society for Testing and Materials, an industry association that develops voluntary standards for a wide variety of products.
Thomas O'Toole, staff manager for the ASTM's drywall committee, said no standards have been set for sulfur gas release because "it was never a problem before. It wasn't brought to our attention until 2008."
But that could change.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently began talking with the committee about developing standards that would help prevent future problems of this kind.
Gardner, the Gypsum Association executive director, said his organization will be closely involved in those discussions.
DESERT CORROSION
Among the many mysteries surrounding the American drywall problem is the one unfolding just outside Palm Springs, Calif., in the town of Indio.
In the last year, two homeowners have abandoned their modest tract homes because they say their U.S.-made drywall was releasing so much sulfur gas that it made their eyes burn, caused bloody noses and constricted their breathing.
The prevailing theory about defective drywall, Chinese or American, is that it affects only homes in hot, humid regions because the combination of heat and humidity exacerbates the release of the sulfur gases.
But Indio is in the California desert, where rain is rare and humidity practically nonexistent. While the families have complained of health problems, their homes show few signs of corrosion, aside from some discoloration on metal fixtures.
Preliminary tests, which the families had done by Assured Bio, an environmental engineering firm, and provided to the Herald-Tribune and ProPublica, show that their drywall is releasing sulfur gas at levels similar to that of Chinese drywall.
The president of Assured Bio, Dr. Edward Sobek, said that while the tests raised concerns, another round of more sophisticated analysis needs to be done to determine whether the board corrodes metal.
Those tests can cost hundreds of dollars and usually are not completed unless a homeowner is planning to sue.
But the Palm Springs families have had so much trouble finding lawyers that they have given up on that idea.
"Everyone was hot to trot on the Chinese drywall, but attorneys don't seem to want to have anything to do with American drywall cases," said Kanda Simon.
She and her husband abandoned their retirement home this year. In August they got a foreclosure notice.
"I'm mad. I'm angry. I think it's all very unfair, but I just don't have the fight in me," Simon said.
Simon said she and her husband did not complain to their builder, Miami-based Lennar Corp., because their neighbor Robin Ely had such a difficult time dealing with the company.
Ely said she noticed a chemical smell in her home a few months after she moved in. When she complained to Lennar, she said she was told there could not possibly be anything wrong with her house, because it was built with American drywall.
Lennar already is remediating homes it built in Florida with defective Chinese drywall. A spokesman told the Herald-Tribune and ProPublica that the company tested the Indio homes and "found no evidence of similar characteristics or concerns."
Ely said Lennar did a visual inspection of her home in 2009, looking for obvious signs of corrosion. She later received a letter saying "we are pleased to report that our thorough inspection of your Home has confirmed that there is no indication that the drywall in your Home is defective."
Lennar later hired an environmental engineering firm to test Ely's drywall, and Lennar told Ely the firm concluded that it was not problematic. Lennar would not share its test results with Ely or the Herald-Tribune and ProPublica.
Ely tried to get legal help from a San Diego-based firm, Fuller Jenkins.
At first, she said the firm was helpful and offered to inspect her home. But when it discovered that her board was made in the U.S. and not China, Ely said interest waned.
Craig Fuller, a partner with Fuller Jenkins, told the Herald-Tribune and ProPublica that he "can't comment on the case at this time" because his firm is still actively investigating and has not filed a lawsuit yet.
When asked if she was trying to find help elsewhere, Ely said, "I want to, but I'm just so overwhelmed. I just can't even deal with it."
In July Ely, who has Parkinson's disease, moved into a rented apartment in Tennessee.
She is trying to persuade her bank to defer the payments on her Palm Springs home, which is now scheduled for foreclosure on Dec. 23.

Probable Carcinogen Hexavalent Chromium Found In Drinking Water In 31 Cities


"This chemical has been so widely used by so many industries across the US that this doesn't surprise me," she told the Post. "Our municipal water supplies are in danger all over the US This is a chemical that should be regulated.­"

by Erin Brockovich - CBS News

http://www­.waterworl­d.com/inde­x/display/­news_displ­ay/1325488­473.html


Funny, I was told to go to the Environmen­tal Working Group's website for more info and their site is down...

http://www­.ewg.org

For the article on CNN:

http://pag­ingdrgupta­.blogs.cnn­.com/2010/­12/20/carc­inogen-fou­nd-in-31-o­f-35-citie­s-water-su­pply/?hpt=­C2&replyto­com=121704

There is a list of the cities at this link.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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