Seattle water exposes young and old to unhealthy levels of lead
For release on September 23, 2010.
Fluoride Class Action, has alerted the Seattle City Council and Mayor McGinn that Seattle drinking water contains dangerous levels of lead as a result of the type of fluoridation materials used to fluoridate city water. See: http://www.fluoride-class-action.com/districts/seattle/letter-to-licata.
Current law allows water pipes, and brass fittings to contain up to 8.0% lead. Copper water pipes are soldered with solder containing lead.
The type used, silicofluorides, contain lead. Worse, they leach lead from water pipes, brass fittings, and solder, all of which contain lead, especially in older homes, older apartment buildings, and older schools.
Lead has been found in drinking water in Seattle schools at levels up to 1,600 parts per billion, one hundred times the EPA maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 15 ppb. See Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 2, 2004. http://www.seattlepi.com/health/180495_leadwater02.html.
Lead is a known carcinogen and neurotoxin. It passes through the placenta and causes brain damage in fetuses. Growing children are at greatest risk. The EPA maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) is zero, meaning that none, not any, should be added to water.
Silicofluorides are used by over 90% of cities which fluoridate as their fluoridation material. Silicofluorides leach lead more so than sodium fluoride, which was used back in the 1950s when fluoridation began. Silicofluorides are not pharmaceutical grade. They are the unprocessed and unfiltered scrubber liquor from the smoke stacks of phosphate fertilizer plants, typically in Florida and China. Silicofluorides contain not only lead but also arsenic, and numerous other heavy metals.
Silicofluorides have never been approved by any federal or state agency as safe. See: http://www.fluoride-class-action.com/bd-of-health/amicus-letter.
The Safe Drinking Water Act mandates that water districts give detailed written notice to water consumers. Seattle fails to do this.
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