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nivek

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High levels of toxic chemicals found in Cambridgeshire water supply

Water from a supply containing high levels of toxic chemicals has been pumped into the homes of more than 1,000 people, the Guardian can reveal.

Cambridge Water has admitted it removed a supply containing four times the regulatory limit of perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS), which was being blended with other supplies to provide water to the homes of customers in south Cambridgeshire, in June last year. But the 1,080 customers living in Stapleford and Great Shelford were never informed that they had been exposed. The company has not revealed how long the water had been tainted.

PFOS is a man-made chemical that has been associated with increased cholesterol, low birthweight and suppressed immune response. The chemical was widely used in firefighting foams from the late 1960s until the early 2000s in large quantities at airfields and firefighting training centres.

Dubbed “forever chemicals” because they are designed never to break down in the environment, the substances can percolate through the ground for years, reaching drinking water aquifers.

The aquifer supplying the affected houses, close to Duxford airfield, was found to have PFOS levels at almost 400 nanograms per litre (ng/l) of water – four times the Drinking Water Inspectorate’s limit.

Cambridge Water said it removed the contaminated water from its supply in June and the exposure was under investigation. It admitted it had not told the community, but said it had blended the water with that from other sources before it reached households.

It said it was “unable to guarantee a blend below 100ng/l for our customers at all times and … previous samples taken from the same area have shown PFOS levels below 100ng/l”.

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High levels of toxic chemicals found in Cambridgeshire water supply

Water from a supply containing high levels of toxic chemicals has been pumped into the homes of more than 1,000 people, the Guardian can reveal.

Cambridge Water has admitted it removed a supply containing four times the regulatory limit of perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS), which was being blended with other supplies to provide water to the homes of customers in south Cambridgeshire, in June last year. But the 1,080 customers living in Stapleford and Great Shelford were never informed that they had been exposed. The company has not revealed how long the water had been tainted.

PFOS is a man-made chemical that has been associated with increased cholesterol, low birthweight and suppressed immune response. The chemical was widely used in firefighting foams from the late 1960s until the early 2000s in large quantities at airfields and firefighting training centres.

Dubbed “forever chemicals” because they are designed never to break down in the environment, the substances can percolate through the ground for years, reaching drinking water aquifers.

The aquifer supplying the affected houses, close to Duxford airfield, was found to have PFOS levels at almost 400 nanograms per litre (ng/l) of water – four times the Drinking Water Inspectorate’s limit.

Cambridge Water said it removed the contaminated water from its supply in June and the exposure was under investigation. It admitted it had not told the community, but said it had blended the water with that from other sources before it reached households.

It said it was “unable to guarantee a blend below 100ng/l for our customers at all times and … previous samples taken from the same area have shown PFOS levels below 100ng/l”.

(More on the link)
The health implications for this are rather minor. Regulatory limits are set low, but also consider that those same limits allow you to consume water that has a quarter of this level of contamination for life. So if you had this level of contamination for a month, let's say, then you would have the same exposure from drinking it at the regulatory limit for four months.
 

Standingstones

Celestial
So the water company knew it was pumping out tainted water and didn’t tell their customers. Instead let’s just mix it in with good water. Who will ever know?
 

SOUL-DRIFTER

Life Long Researcher
The health implications for this are rather minor. Regulatory limits are set low, but also consider that those same limits allow you to consume water that has a quarter of this level of contamination for life. So if you had this level of contamination for a month, let's say, then you would have the same exposure from drinking it at the regulatory limit for four months.
This is one reason why I enjoy my own well water.
I test it ever now and then due to nearby farms doing fertilizing and large scale irrigating.
 

nivek

As Above So Below
The below map shows you where you shouldn’t drink water without filtering it before; PFAS crisis in the US. blue: water contamination; purple: military bases; orange: other known plants (industry).

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nivek

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Florida on pace for smallest orange crop in over 75 years

Florida is on pace to produce the smallest crop of oranges in more than 75 years, according to a forecast released this month.

The Sunshine State is on pace to produce 44.5 million 90-pound boxes of oranges during the current season, according to a forecast released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That is a 1.5 million box reduction from the previous forecast in December.

If the current forecast holds true through the rest of the citrus growing season, it will be the smallest orange crop since the 1944-1945 season when the state produced 42.3 million boxes of oranges. The citrus growing season in Florida lasts from fall into late spring.

With that small a crop, California will surpass Florida in orange production for the first time in recent years.

“The disappointment of another decline in the forecast is hard to overstate. But so too is the determination of Florida’s citrus growers who remain focused on delivering great-tasting and high-quality fruit while – simultaneously – seeking new solutions to citrus greening,” said Shelley Rossetter, assistant director of global marketing at the Florida Department of Citrus, in a statement.

Florida’s orange production has been on a quarter century slide due to citrus greening, a bacteria that can cause massive fruit drops and eventually kill citrus trees, as well as another disease which can cause the leaves and fruit of citrus trees to drop prematurely and create unappealing lesions on the fruit.

The January forecast for grapefruit remained unchanged from the previous month at 4.1 million boxes.


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Standingstones

Celestial
Florida on pace for smallest orange crop in over 75 years

Florida is on pace to produce the smallest crop of oranges in more than 75 years, according to a forecast released this month.

The Sunshine State is on pace to produce 44.5 million 90-pound boxes of oranges during the current season, according to a forecast released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That is a 1.5 million box reduction from the previous forecast in December.

If the current forecast holds true through the rest of the citrus growing season, it will be the smallest orange crop since the 1944-1945 season when the state produced 42.3 million boxes of oranges. The citrus growing season in Florida lasts from fall into late spring.

With that small a crop, California will surpass Florida in orange production for the first time in recent years.

“The disappointment of another decline in the forecast is hard to overstate. But so too is the determination of Florida’s citrus growers who remain focused on delivering great-tasting and high-quality fruit while – simultaneously – seeking new solutions to citrus greening,” said Shelley Rossetter, assistant director of global marketing at the Florida Department of Citrus, in a statement.

Florida’s orange production has been on a quarter century slide due to citrus greening, a bacteria that can cause massive fruit drops and eventually kill citrus trees, as well as another disease which can cause the leaves and fruit of citrus trees to drop prematurely and create unappealing lesions on the fruit.

The January forecast for grapefruit remained unchanged from the previous month at 4.1 million boxes.


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There goes my morning cup of OJ.
 

nivek

As Above So Below
This is not looking good, it may be a good time to begin stocking food if you haven't begun already, the current export bans on grains is only the beginning IMO...

 

Standingstones

Celestial
We have notice that the bakery section of WalMart is particularly thin these days. Whether they are not getting the ingredients they need or something else, I do not know. If you want their homemade breads and rolls, forget about it.
 

nivek

As Above So Below
I have about 2 months supply of food stored so far and if rationed I can stretch that out longer...None if it requires energy to store, its either freeze-dried, canned, or vacuum sealed...

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The shadow

The shadow knows!
I have about 2 months supply of food stored so far and if rationed I can stretch that out longer...None if it requires energy to store, its either freeze-dried, canned, or vacuum sealed...

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Sounds like you got some MRE's stored up.
 

The shadow

The shadow knows!
Now I just ribbed NIVEK about MREs.
Well I love and care for my family. That's why I have 2 things.
I own a Glock and a 2 year supply of "MRE" type food. The twins think I'm nuts. Debbie got me a tin foil hat. But with shortages and prices going Thu the roof I feel I'm smart71Ny+egO2tL._AC_SY355_.jpg
 

nivek

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Doritos become the latest victim of 'shrinkflation' with new bags featuring five less chips each: Follows brands like Gatorade, Charmin toilet paper and Quaker Oats in selling smaller product sizes for the same price as inflation soars by 7.9% under Biden



In the latest instance of companies downsizing their products amid record inflation in the US, Potato chip giant Frito-Lay revealed Thursday that is has cut down the number of chips in its bags of Doritos. 'Inflation is hitting everyone,' a company rep told Quartz Thursday of its decision to trim the size of its 9.75 ounce bag of the cheesy snack to 9.25 ounces - a reduction of five chips, the spokesperson said. The price of the product, however, usually around $4.29, has remained the same. 'We took just a little bit out of the bag so we can give you the same price and you can keep enjoying your chips,' the rep explained, after being questioned about the decrease by the outlet.

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