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P.E.R.R.O. presentation/Chicago Drinking Water Safety Concerns by Public Health Expert David E Jacobs (http://www.ische.ca/users/dejacobs ) at Lozano Library in Pilsen/September 06 2016, Tuesday @ 6 pm
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When: August 17th 2016 Wednesday
Where: Harbee’s Bar at 1345 W 18th st
Time: 6 pm
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As you all are aware of there has been wide array of lead contamination in the area that have recently been detected. These contaminated areas not only been exclusively present in soil as in the Sangamon Corridor but it has also been been identified in the water supply of the area. This article will incorporate reports highlighting the contamination issue, the detrimental impacts of lead exposure, as well as in providing the certified tools and techniques for curtailing the lead present in your water supply.
As for the recent research conducted by the EPA, it displays and recapitulates the potential contamination of drinking water in the area due to the new water meter installments in Chicago, especially in the Pilsen community. This informed statement has originally been emphasized through a The Chicago Tribune report called “City fails to warn Chicagoans about lead risks in tap water”. This report highlighted the city’s officials negligence to notify community members about how “80% of the properties in Chicago are hooked up to service lines made of lead”. These are not the only potential hazards of being exposed for they have also found that the city has been utilizing defective testing methods for testing lead.
Apart from cautioning you about the potential lead contamination in the Chicago Area, it is also paramount that you understand the detrimental impacts of being lead poisoned..
According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lead is known to cause an assortment of health problems that can range from abdominal pain, constipation, depression, irritability, and can lead to other health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, and reduced fertility if the exposure is prolonged.
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One of the precautionary methods that you can take in preventing further lead poisoning is by using water filters to treat your drinking water.The NSF has been helpful in that it has been providing the public with recommended and certified leaf filters to successfully decrease the lead present in your drinking water.
Counter-top connected to sink faucet
Plumbed in to separate tap or to kitchen sink
-”NSF/ANSI 58 – this standard covers reverse-osmosis (RO) systems that use reverse pressure to reduce a wide variety of contaminants through a semi-permeable membrane. These types of systems will often also include carbon pre and/or post-filters.”- Water Quality Association
When in the selecting process of water filters, it will also be important to note that a treatment filter will vary due to the technology as well as in installation location in your home. You can select water treatment systems selections based on these distinct factors listed in this website:http://www.nsf.org/consumer-resources/what-is-nsf-certification/water-filters-treatment-certification/selecting-a-water-treatment-system
Once the preferred filters are installed it is also important to note the service cycles or the amount of time that these products need to be changed. The change cycles should also vary depending on the level of contamination in water that you are treating. The filters should also contain details on the filter capacity that might affect the change cycles.
If you are looking for a specific to identify if your water filter product is certified confirm in the NSF website below: http://info.nsf.org/Certified/Lead_Content/
Doulton Water Filters
There are also many more brand products that you can verify in the NSF consumer guide website below!
Visual Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System:
For a free and simple-to-use water quality test kit to determine if your water is contaminated with lead you can access the Chicago Water Quality website below: http://www.chicagowaterquality.org/
U.S. EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline
For more Lead Poisoning Prevention Tips you can also access the City of Chicago’s website listed below:
Hasta Luego Amigos!
For Immediate Release: No. 16-OPA029
There will be a 30 day public comment period on the consent decree lodged today. Information on how to comment on the consent decree will be available in the Federal Register and on the Department of Justice’s website: www.justice.gov/enrd/consent-
CHICAGO (July 20, 2016) –U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice today announced a settlement with Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership and several related Enbridge companies to resolve claims stemming from its 2010 oil spills in Marshall, Mich. and Romeoville, Ill. Enbridge has agreed to spend at least $110 million on a series of measures to prevent spills and improve operations across nearly 2,000 miles of its pipeline system in the Great Lakes region. Enbridge will also pay civil penalties totaling $62 million for Clean Water Act violations — $61 million for discharging at least 20,082 barrels of oil in Marshall and $1 million for discharging at least 6,427 barrels of oil in Romeoville.
In addition, the proposed settlement will resolve Enbridge’s liability under the Oil Pollution Act, based on Enbridge’s commitment to pay over $5.4 million in unreimbursed costs incurred by the government in connection with cleanup of the Marshall spill, as well as all future removal costs incurred by the government in connection with that spill. Today’s settlement includes an extensive set of specific requirements to prevent spills and enhance leak detection capabilities throughout Enbridge’s Lakehead pipeline system – a network of 14 pipelines spanning nearly 2,000 miles across seven states. Enbridge must also take major actions to improve its spill preparedness and emergency response programs. Under the settlement, Enbridge is also required to replace close to 300 miles of one of its pipelines, after obtaining all necessary approvals. Enbridge’s Lakehead System delivers approximately 1.7 million barrels of oil in the United States each day.
“This settlement will make the delivery of our nation’s energy resources safer and more environmentally responsible,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “It requires Enbridge to take robust measures to improve the maintenance and monitoring of its Lakehead pipeline system, protecting lakes, rivers, land and communities across the upper midwest, as well as pay a significant penalty.”
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When: August 3rd 2016 Wednesday
Where: La Catrina Cafe 1011 W 18th st
Time: 6 pm
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be holding a public hearing on the proposed design details for the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) on Wednesday, August 3rd.
The Clean Power Plan (CPP), establishes limits on carbon emissions from power plants to address climate change. As part of the CPP, the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) encourages states to take early action to reduce carbon pollution by investing in renewable energy projects, particularly in economically challenged areas. The EPA needs feedback from the public on several questions, including how “low-income” communities should be defined in the program, and whether renewable energy projects in “low-income” communities should be eligible for double credits.
This is the only hearing that will be taking place in the nation, and it will be right here in Chicago.
If you would like to offer oral testimony at the hearing, please complete the EPA’s Registration Form.
Please note that the hearing will be held in a federal building and you will need to bring a driver’s license or government-issued ID to enter. Additional information about parking and directions can be found on the EPA’s website about this hearing.
Please RSVP ASAP if you’re interested in attending Tom via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oil companies and government are making decisions on new oil train terminals at refineries across the country. But, wherever Big Oil tries to expand, communities across the US and Canada are organizing, and winning.