170 Million Americans Are Drinking Radioactive Water. This Interactive Map Shows If You Are Too.

A shocking new investigation into an old, little talked about subject has revealed that far more than half of America’s drinking water contains radioactive compounds, such as radium and chromium-6.

The EWG (Environmental Working Group) quantified what many independent investigators have been proving for years, and announced that a sizeable portion of tap water in all 50 US states contains cancer causing radioactive compounds.

The EWG reports that they analyzed nearly 50,000 public water facilities and found that the tap water consumed and bathed in by about 170 million Americans contains the radioactive compounds. In 27 states, the radioactive compounds exceeded regulations imposed by the EPA.

Radium was apparently the most common radioactive element, but if people have been paying attention, they’d know chromium-6 mostly from US air-force bases contaminates water all over America. Radium was probably the most common element found because radium naturally enters the groundwater through its deposits in Earth’s crust.

However not natural, activities such as fracking or oil drilling disturbs the deposits, and releases ions, “ionizing” and polluting what ends up being the water. The EPA of course categorizes all ionized radiation as carcinogenic, and safe levels are set, which probably are too high for safety in the first place because we all should know how biased the EPA is.

Even IFL Science admits “Unfortunately, EPA guidelines aren’t as stringent as they could be. In 2006, California state scientists set public health goals for radiation that are much more strict in response to the elevated risk of cancer posed by radiation and the potential harm to fetuses during pregnancy. These guidelines are hundreds of times stricter than the standards set by the EPA.”

The California standards aren’t even adhered to, but if they were, it could mean that apparently no more than a single case of cancer per million cases could be a result of the water supply. However that cannot be true, because other compounds such as fluoride are known to cause cancer. A litany of cancer causing chemicals is present in water all over the United States.

A study conducted between 2010 and 2015 discovered that about 122 million people are consuming tap water containing levels of radium above what is considered safe by the stricter Californian scientists’ standards, as reported by Newsweek.

The EWG warned:

“Most radioactive elements in tap water come from natural sources, but that doesn’t take away the need to protect people through stronger standards and better water treatment,” Olga Naidenko, senior science adviser at EWG, said in a statement. “Millions of Americans are drinking water with potentially harmful levels of radioactive elements, but the outdated federal standards mean many people don’t know about the risk they face when they turn on the tap.”

You know Texas has a thriving culture of self defense and gun ownership, so the military had to load it up with military bases. The military base dotted state was found to have radium in the most water supplies: around 80 percent of Texans have radium in their water. I personally bathed in it and drank it as a kid.

The EWG put together this interactive map, which can be found at this link. Does your region have contaminated water?

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