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Demand Clean Water, Get Sued for Defamation

esquire.comThe sun rose in the east this morning, so it’s time once again to examine how completely fcked this country’s infrastructure is in regards to the most basic function of providing citizens with safe drinking water. Reuters drops in on northern Alabama, where Poland Springs sales at Big Box Behemoth are going to be through the roof.

The warning issued by the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority, 40 miles south of Alabama’s border with Tennessee, comes after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an advisory on May 19 that lowered the safe level for compounds known as PFOA and PFOS in drinking water. The manmade compounds can be found in nonstick cookware, waterproof clothes, carpet sealants and firefighting foams, according to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, which is monitoring the situation. Direct exposure to unsafe levels of the chemicals could result in developmental deficiencies including skeletal variations and low birth weights in fetuses or breastfed infants, according to the EPA advisory. It could also cause cancer, liver and thyroid damage and problems with the immune system, the advisory said.

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