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April 9th, 2014

Sustainable Pulse

  • Urine testing shows glyphosate levels over 10 times higher than in Europe
  • Initial testing shows Monsanto and Global regulatory bodies are wrong regarding bio-accumulation of glyphosate, leading to serious public health concerns
  • Testing commissioners urge USDA and EPA to place temporary ban on all use of Glyphosate-based herbicides to protect public health, until further more comprehensive testing of glyphosate in breast milk is completed.

In the first ever testing on glyphosate herbicide in the breast milk of American women, Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse have found ‘high’ levels in 3 out of the 10 samples tested. The shocking results point to glyphosate levels building up in women’s bodies over a period of time, which has until now been refuted by both global regulatory authorities and the biotech industry.

The levels found in the breast milk testing of 76 ug/l to 166 ug/l are 760 to 1600 times higher than the European Drinking Water Directive allows for individual pesticides. They are however less than the 700 ug/l maximum contaminant level (MCL) for glyphosate in the U.S., which was decided upon by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) based on the now seemingly false premise that glyphosate was not bio-accumulative.

 

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June 15, 2013 5:45 pm  • 

BRIDGETON • The legal team working with environmental activist Erin Brockovich vowed quick action on behalf of north St. Louis County residents concerned about exposure to gases being emitted from a subsurface fire at the Bridgeton Landfill and the proximity to tons of radioactive waste.

Los Angeles attorney Thomas Girardi and Robert Bowcock, Brockovich’s chief environmental investigator, delivered the message to about 150 people Saturday morning at the International Union of Operating Engineers Union Hall 513 in Bridgeton.

“I’d like to be in a position within 60 days to have a lawsuit,” said Girardi, the attorney who represented the town of Hinkley, Calif., in the water contamination case at the center of the 2000 movie “Erin Brockovich.”

Bowcock said Brockovich receives about 2,500 requests a week from people asking for her help. They chose to become involved in this case following dozens of requests in recent weeks from those who live and work near the Bridgeton and West Lake landfills.

A fire has burned deep within the 52-acre landfill since December 2010. Heat and subsidence from the underground fire began to intensify last year, triggering a stench that prompted a surge of complaints from people who live and work nearby.

The fire also refocused attention on tons of radioactive material present at the adjacent West Lake Landfill, a federal Superfund site. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed capping the site with earthen material. But many neighbors and environmental activists want the waste moved to a licensed disposal facility.

 

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Gun control proponents are attempting to use the EPA to make an end run around the Second Amendment.

 

A federal court on Thursday halted an effort by the Environmental Protection Agency to ban all ammunition containing lead, much to the dismay of gun control groups hoping to use environmentalism to “make an end run around the Second Amendment” right of access to ammunition, according to officials from several organizations representing gun owners and manufacturers.

 

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that it had dismissed a lawsuit brought by the anti-hunting Center for Biological Diversity and six other left-wing groups which demanded that President Barack Obama’s powerful EPA ban traditional ammunition containing lead components.

 

Federal Judge Emmet G. Sullivan dismissed CBD’s lawsuit, finding that CBD’s current petition was nothing more than an attempt to seek reconsideration of their previous petition, which the EPA had denied. Judge Sullivan also indicated that he would defer to EPA’s determination that the agency was not congressionally authorized to regulate lead-based ammunition, according to the Institute for Legislative Action of the NRA.

 

Traditional ammunition represents 95 percent of the U.S. market and is the staple ammunition for target shooters, hunters and law enforcement, with more than 10 billion rounds sold annually, according to officials with the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Nuclear  Event

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15.05.2013 Nuclear Event USA State of South Carolina, [Catawba Nuclear Station] Damage level Details

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Nuclear Event in USA on Wednesday, 15 May, 2013 at 17:09 (05:09 PM) UTC.

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Federal regulators say more than 100 gallons of water with traces of a radioactive hydrogen isotope have leaked at a nuclear power plant in South Carolina. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that the tritium leak isn’t an emergency, but says the leak could reach groundwater. The NRC says the leak was found late Tuesday in a fiberglass discharge pipe. Duke Energy, which runs the plant, has started taking steps to fix the problem. The NRC says Duke is putting in a temporary sump pump to try to isolate the leak. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says drinking water that contains tritium can increase the risk of developing cancer.

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Traces of radioactive hydrogen isotope have turned up in more than 100 gallons of

water after a South Carolina nuclear plant sprung a leak.

 

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reported Wednesday (May 15) that

the leak was discovered in a fiberglass discharge pipe around 11:23 p.m.EDT Tuesday

at the Catawba Nuclear Station.

 

The NRC states that a “leak greater than 100 gallons containing tritium has the

potential to reach groundwater.”

 

Duke Energy, which runs the plant, has started taking steps to fix the problem. The

NRC says Duke is putting in a temporary sump pump to try to isolate the leak.

 

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St. Louis Is Burning

 

Rolling Stone
A bulldozer pushes trash in a landfill.
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May 10, 2013 10:00 AM ET

There’s a fire burning in Bridgeton, Missouri. It’s invisible to area residents, buried deep beneath the ground in a North St. Louis County landfill. But the smoldering waste is an unavoidable presence in town, giving off a putrid odor that clouds the air miles away – an overwhelming stench described by one area woman as “rotten eggs mixed with skunk and fertilizer.” Residents report smelling it at K-12 school buses, a TGI Fridays and even the operating room of a local hospital. “It smells like dead bodies,” observes another local.

On a Saturday morning in March, one mile south of the landfill, several Bridgeton residents have gathered at a small home in a blue-collar subdivision called Spanish Village. Concerned citizens Karen Nickel and Dawn Chapman are here to answer questions posed by four of their neighbors. “How will I ever sell my house?” “Am I going to end up with cancer 20 years down the road?” “Is there even a solution?”

In February, the landfill’s owner, Republic Services, sent glossy fliers to residents within stink radius claiming the noxious odor posed no safety risk. But official reports say otherwise. Temperature probes reveal the fire has already surpassed normal heat levels. Reports from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) indicate dangerously high levels of benzene and hydrogen sulfide in the air. In March, Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) – which has jurisdiction over Bridgeton Landfill – quietly posted an Internet notice cautioning citizens with chronic respiratory diseases to limit time outdoors. A month after Republic distributed its potentially misleading flier, the state attorney general sued the company on eight counts of environmental violations, including pollution and public nuisance. And this week, as part of a settlement set to be announced Tuesday, Republic sent another round of fliers offering to move local families to hotels during a period of increased odor related to remediation efforts.

Nickel and Chapman are stay-at-home moms; Chapman has three special-needs kids. Neither of them wants to spend her time worrying about a damn landfill fire. But until someone higher up the power chain intervenes, they have sworn to call municipal offices, file Sunshine requests and post notices to the community’s Facebook group, no matter how unsettling the facts they uncover. Scariest of all: The Bridgeton landfill fire is burning close to at least 8,700 tons of nuclear weapons wastes. 

“To have somebody call you at 11 P.M., and they’re in tears, concerned for their family, that’s heartbreaking,” Chapman tells Rolling Stone. “We’re doing this because we don’t have a choice. If we don’t come together as a community and fight, no one’s going to do it for us.”

America’s Nuclear Nightmare

West Lake Landfill is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund site that’s home to some of the oldest radioactive wastes in the world. A six-foot chain-link fence surrounds the perimeter, plastered with bright yellow hazard signs that warn of the dangers within. On one corner stands a rusty gas pump. About 1,200 feet south of the radioactive EPA site, the fire at Bridgeton Landfill spreads out like hot barbeque coals. No one knows for sure what happens when an underground inferno meets a pool of atomic waste, but residents aren’t eager to find out.

At a March 15th press conference, Peter Anderson – an economist who has studied landfills for over 20 years – raised the worst-case scenario of a “dirty bomb,” meaning a non-detonated, mass release of floating radioactive particles in metro St. Louis. “Now, to be clear, a dirty bomb is not nuclear fission, it’s not an atomic bomb, it’s not a weapon of mass destruction,” Anderson assured meeting attendants in Bridgeton’s Machinists Union Hall. “But the dispersal of that radioactive material in air that could reach – depending upon weather conditions – as far as 10 miles from the site could make it impossible to have economic activity continue.”

 

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Judge Ponders Plan to Put Out Bridgeton Landfill Fire

May 13, 2013 5:55 PM
Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill, where underground fire has been smoldering since December 2010

Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill, where underground fire has been smoldering since December 2010

ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–A judge says he’ll decide by morning whether a plan to put out the fire and end the smell at the Bridgeton Sanitary Landfill is workable.

The plan — crafted by the Missouri Attorney General and the landfill owner, Republic Services Inc. — has not yet been made public. It’s now in the hands of Circuit Court Judge Michael Jamison, who met in his chambers with lawyers from both sides on a day he was scheduled to hold a hearing on the Attorney General’s lawsuit against the landfill.

“It’s not exactly a settlement,” Jamison told Bridgeton residents, reporters and environmentalists waiting in his courtroom, “But it’s something that would address the smoldering issue and what the sate may be able to do.”

The lawsuit filed by the state calls for an aggressive plan to put out the fire, which has been smoldering since December 2010 — and for fines upwards of tens-of-thousand a dollars a day for alleged violations of Missouri environmental laws. Koster’s suit claims the burning landfill is billowing benzene and other hazardous chemicals into the air, and leaking a black ooze into ground water.

Koster’s office declined to comment. The Attorney General has scheduled a news conference for 10:30 Tuesday morning in downtown St. Louis to reveal details of the proposed next step.

Already, complaints are rising that the apparent deal was made without input from the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, from area businesses or from Bridgeton residents.

“The community needs to be at the table,” said the coalition’s Kat Logan Smith, “The property owners, the families and businesses here need to be at the table, because they need to decide what the bottom line is.”

 

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How  anyone can  continue to  make  excuses and give this   administration the  benefit  of t he  doubt  after  these measures are  approved  and put into play  is beyond me.  The  excuse is  always 

he is  one  man   

he  does  not have the  power  to  do it  all. 

He is  not  responsible, 

it  was  Bush’s  mess

The  GOP did  it

The  GOP  will not  cooperate

Well  newsflash  for all you  folks  that  seem to  still be living in  La La Land……..  this is   the  second  term for  this  administration  those  excuses  are  getting  old  and  tired and  frankly ridiculous.    Look  around  people their  accomplishments  are equivalent  if  not worse  to that of  the   GOP, you so  vocally complain  about. 

I know  those of  you in love  with the  idealism  that  was  sold to you  will never   ever  look  up  from that  hole   you  live in  surrounding  yourself  with  all those  sound bites  and   eloquent  speeches  that  mean  absolutely  nothing.  You  have  closed yourself  off and  deafened yourself  to the  realities  of those  words that  have  turned  into worthless  rhetoric and  dust.  Unfortunately  for us  we  will have  to  suffer  with you  for your  lack of vision and  understanding.  Our  children  will suffer  alongside  yours while  we  listen to your deluded  excuses and  deranged plans  for a  better  future .  A  future  that  is  being  destroyed as  we  speak.  Stolen  from  us as  they  poison  our  water  and  food and  allow  the  corporations  to destroy  our health  with  impunity.

Aided  by the   war  mongering  lunatics  that  sit  opposite  them.  All looking  out  for their  bottom line guaranteed  by the  corporations  they empower.  Sitting  in their seats  of  power believing themsleves  to be  above  reproach and  the  law.  Forgetting the constituents  they are supposed  to  represent.  Those  whose  voices  they are  supposed  to  defend.  They  have convinced  themselves  of their  own  grandeur.  They  betray  the  Constitution  they swore to  defend.  Their   oaths  hollow and  meaningless,  falling on  deaf  ears , called  to  task  by none.   While an endless  battle is  waged  between  two sides of the  same  coin .  A  coin tossed forth to  pay  for the  same agenda.   A people  betrayed and enslaved  by the  lust  for  power and wealth, while some  cheer “Yes We Can” and  “Forward”!  Marching us  into the  abyss of the  unknown.  The backbone of a  country once straight and  strong  now  bent  and weary  with the  weight of its  burden.  Once  wealthy and powerful she now knows  hunger and lack.  Lost  and  confused grasping to  retrieve what  was  lost always  just  beyond  her  reach , always taunting her as it  dissolves into  nothingness before  her very  eyes.

 One  wonders  which  will deal the  final  blow  to  finally bring America  to    it’s  knees!  With  nary a  whimper of  protest to stay  it’s  course…….

~Desert Rose~

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Obama Approves Raising Permissible Levels of Nuclear Radiation in Drinking Water. Civilian Cancer Deaths Expected to Skyrocket

Rollback in Nuclear Radiation Cleanup

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Civilian Cancer Deaths Expected to Skyrocket Following Radiological Incidents

by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

The White House has given final approval for dramatically raising permissible radioactive levels in drinking water and soil following “radiological incidents,” such as nuclear power-plant accidents and dirty bombs. The final version, slated for Federal Register publication as soon as today, is a win for the nuclear industry which seeks what its proponents call a “new normal” for radiation exposure among the U.S population, according Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

Issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, the radiation guides (called Protective Action Guides or PAGs) allow cleanup many times more lax than anything EPA has ever before accepted. These guides govern evacuations, shelter-in-place orders, food restrictions and other actions following a wide range of “radiological emergencies.” The Obama administration blocked a version of these PAGs from going into effect during its first days in office. The version given approval late last Friday is substantially similar to those proposed under Bush but duck some of the most controversial aspects:

In soil, the PAGs allow long-term public exposure to radiation in amounts as high as 2,000 millirems. This would, in effect, increase a longstanding 1 in 10,000 person cancer rate to a rate of 1 in 23 persons exposed over a 30-year period;

  • In water, the PAGs punt on an exact new standard and EPA “continues to seek input on this.” But the thrust of the PAGs is to give on-site authorities much greater “flexibility” in setting aside established limits; and

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One  would have to  ask  oneself when  these Oil  Companies became  police officers and  since  when  do they  police  themselves.  It  seems  to  me  that doing  so  would  be  allowing the  fox to  guard  the  hen-house.

So then how  exactly is  this   serving  the  public  good?

Where   exactly is  the   government  in all this?

Will this  be  another  Gulf  Of  Mexico Oil Spill  Exxon  will do  what it  please   when it  pleases  and  the  people  suffering  will just  have to  shut  up  and  take it ?

What  in the  Hell is   going on  here ?

How  much  worse  will this  get  with the proposed  pipeline?

If  this  continues  we  might  as  well  put  up a warning  sign  for all who enter……….
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~Desert Rose~

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Joe Wright
Activist Post

In a new report by the EPA, covered in the video below, a 1/2-mile-wide plume of trichloroethylene (TCE), PCE and vinyl chloride is polluting an area near a toxic Superfund site and contaminating a section of residential Mountain View, California.

The EPA test results come from the air and groundwater around the Middlefield, Ellis, Whisman Superfund site. Even though the results are being released now, the plume has been 30 years in the making and can cause serious health problems including cancer and child deformities.
It was not until a local investigative unit began asking questions that an independent probe was launched by the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, according to an NBCBayArea.com report:

The chemical of most concern and most quantity in the toxic underground plume is a chemical called trichloroethylene, known as TCE. It’s a cleaning solvent once commonly used by the military and the budding semi-conducting industry 30 years ago.

The EPA says that TCE is a toxic solvent that causes cancer in people and heart deformities in unborn babies.

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The higher than expected incidence of these cancers occurred during the years 1996 to 2005.

Now the EPA admits that until recently it had somehow missed some “hot spots” of higher than acceptable levels of TCE in groundwater and in the air in several homes and more than 20 commercial buildings in the area. (Source)

The EPA’s record of ignoring, downplaying, or “missing” environmental damage and the health effects on humans is unparalleled. From major events such as 9/11, the Exxon and Gulf oil spills to the worst case, Fukushima, they also have decidedly leaned toward letting Monsanto and Big Ag run wild.

Despite this dire report finally being released, they once again have shown their organization to be one of the least trustworthy and flat out dangerous government agencies.

 

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Fish Skeleton, by Erica Hargreave (Filter applied) 

by Heidi Stevenson
Gaia-Health.com 

Health Impact Daily News

“I’ve never seen scientific evidence discounted and refused to be looked at the way they’re doing with fluoride.” We’re facing a bottom-line reality. There can be no question that the US government’s policy is that water will be fluoridated no matter how much harm is done to the people. 

In this age of repression on genuine scientific research, we need to take note that scientists free to do open and honest research, and report on it, have often taken stands that dispute their agencies’ officials stances. Nowhere has that been more true than in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the issue of fluoride. Rank and file EPA scientists have strongly opposed water fluoridation.

EPA scientists protected by the National Treasury Employees Union were approached by an employee in 1985. His concern was that he was:

… being forced to write into the regulation a statement to the effect that EPA thought it was alright for children to have “funky” teeth. It was OK, EPA said, because it considered that condition to be only a cosmetic effect, not an adverse health effect. The reason for this EPA position was that it was under political pressure to set its health-based standard for fluoride at 4 mg/liter. At that level, EPA knew that a significant number of children develop moderate to severe dental fluorosis, but since it had deemed the effect as only cosmetic, EPA didn’t have to set its health-based standard at a lower level to prevent it.[1]

A statement issued by EPA scientists stated that they tried to “settle this ethics issue quietly, within the family, but EPA was unable or unwilling to resist external political pressure.” Therefore, they went public with it and filed an amicus curiae brief supporting a public interest group’s suit against the EPA. In their statement, from which the above quote was extracted, the scientists avered that their opposition to fluoridation only grew stronger after that incident.

Studies Showing Fluoride Lowers Intelligence

That article goes on to document research by Phyllis Mullenix, PhD, who had established the Department of Toxicology at the Forsyth Dental Research Institute. She was also involved with a research program at Harvard’s Department of Neuropathology and Psychiatry. That research documented significant neurotoxic effects of fluoride.

Dr. Mullenix described going to a conference of the National Institute of Dental Research, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to present her findings and realizing, on walking in, that she was in hostile territory. The entry areas were filled with propaganda declaring “The Miracle of Fluoride”. Of her experience at that conference, she stated:

The fluoride pattern of behavioral problems matches up with the same results of administering radiation and chemotherapy [to cancer patients]. All of these really nasty treatments that are used clinically in cancer therapy are well known to cause I.Q. deficits in children. That’s one of the best studied effects they know of. The behavioral pattern that results from the use of fluoride matches that produced by cancer treatment that causes a reduction in intelligence.[2]

On meeting with dental industry representatives afterwards, she was asked if she’d been saying that fluoride lowers children’s IQ. She says, “And I told them, ‘basically, yes.’”[2]

That was the end of her career. She was fired from Forsyth Dental Center and has gotten no related grants since then. Shortly after her firing, Forsyth received a quarter million dollar grant from Colgate, the toothpaste manufacturer. She has since stated:

I got into science because it was fun, and I would like to go back and do further studies, but I no longer have any faith in the integrity of the system. I find research is utterly controlled.

EPA scientists also noted a Chinese study documenting that children between ages 8 and 13 consistently score 5-10 IQ points lower than children subjected to less fluoride.

 

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I  think they  need to  stop thinking  about  it  and   start doing it.  As  it is  this  poor  thing   stands  a good  chance  of  dying  just  from the  contaminants  in the  water. The  longer it  takes  the  more  at   risk  it is .   What the hell is  so hard  to  understand  about that? 

If  it  were a  person it  would have  been a  done  deal already…….I  mean  they  have  an  Aquarium  that has   marine  experts   , they  have  choppers .  So  what’s the  hold  up?

I  have a  sneaking   suspiscion  it  has  more to  do  with  money  than an  actiual action plan. 

~Desert Rose~

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NBC New York

A dolphin is stranded in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal in New York City on Friday.

By Andrew Mach, Staff Writer, NBC News

An injured dolphin became stranded in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal on Friday and authorities were working on a rescue plan.

Live helicopter video from NBCNewYork.com showed the sea mammal bobbing up and down in the canal’s murky water — which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared a Superfund site in 2010 because it contained a “century’s worth” of pollutants.

The dolphin appeared to be stuck in one place, coming up occasionally for air as an NYPD crew worked to figure out a rescue plan. And it was unclear how the creature got in the the predicament in the first place.

Witnesses said the animal appeared to be bleeding from its dorsal fin, the New York Daily News reported.

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