Sauerheber to EPA – Arsenic

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Richard Sauerheber, Ph.D.
(B.A. Biology, Ph.D. Chemistry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA)

Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Rd., San Marcos,CA 92069

Email:   Phone: 760-744-2547
January 3, 2012


Dear U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
I here raise a formal complaint against the Carlsbad Water District, San Diego County for its use of water with high arsenic levels, and for not reporting this clearly. A value of 120 ppb arsenic detected was listed on their water quality report 2011 with an average of 1.9 ppb. As you know, the EPA allowed MCL for arsenic since Jan., 2011 has been 10 – 50 ppb. The CA State MCL is 10 ppb and the State Public Health Goal is zero. A small amount of arsenic is diluted into water from added fluosilicic acid crude preparations that use the excuse of fighting cavities with the fluoride contained in it. Again, the arsenic PHG is zero.

Further, it is a violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act for any State to be less restrictive than its clause that prohibits any National requirement for any substance added into water other than to sanitize the water. This makes it illegal to add arsenic, fluoride, or any substance other than to kill bacteria, into water and yet the practice of adding both has now spread even here to Southern CA recently against the voting will of the public.

These were the typed data in the Carlsbad Water Quality Report, 2011. Arsenic: CA MCL 10 ppb; PHG .004; Sample 1.9 ppb;  Range ND – 120 ppb.

I was told by an employee of CWD that the 120 number was not a reading, but an ‘allowed range’. But again the Fed and State allowed ranges do not include a number as high as 120 ppb. I told him that, and he said he wasn’t sure and that I need to talk with the suprvisor who is not available. The 120 number was printed in the report in the column in which measurements were reported, not in the column which lists the allowed MCL’s, as shown above.

If you could look into this we would appreciate it here in Carlsbad. We have had a terrible history with elementary school children perishing with cancers of various types and we are aware of the problem with schoolhouses being built on farms (as here) where arsenic pesticides had been used and that allowed arsenic emissions are detected from the Calrsbad emission stacks from a utility. The last thing Carlsbad children need is an extra dose of arsenic from their local water supply and yet that is what they are getting, from fluosilicic acid diluted waste and obviously additional unknown sources responsible for these readings. Carlsbad should be placed on a moratorium for the adidtion of crude hazardous diluted fluosilicic acid waste, out of sheer courtesy to the parents of these children as well as for the safety of the children themselves. I’ve had enough of fluosilicic acid waste that actually adds, for every 30 tons of added materials, 10 tons of sodium in fresh water where it does not belong, 10 tons of fluoride unwanted by the citizens, and 10 tons of silicic acid, all labeled as ‘water fluoridation.’ When does drugging the people of a city end, and who has the right to alter the bone density of citizens with fluoride that we now know crosses the blood brain barrier and injects arsenic when we are trying to remove it under our specific problematic circumstances here?

Thank you for your attention,

Richard Sauerheber, Ph.D.



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