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Fear at the tap: Uranium contaminates water in California

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 Cinnamon    14,650

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — In a trailer park tucked among irrigated orchards that help make California’s San Joaquin Valley the richest farm region in the world, 16-year-old Giselle Alvarez, one of the few English-speakers in the community of farmworkers, puzzles over the notices posted on front doors: There’s a danger in their drinking water.

Uranium, the notices warn, tests at a level considered unsafe by federal and state standards. The law requires the park’s owners to post the warnings. But they are awkwardly worded and in English, a language few of the park’s dozens of Spanish-speaking families can read.



The solution to pollution is dilution. Not enough dilution? 

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 YourMom2    1,284

Uranium, the stuff of nuclear fuel for power plants and atom bombs, increasingly is showing in drinking water systems in major farming regions of the U.S. West — a naturally occurring but unexpected byproduct of irrigation, of drought, and of the overpumping of natural underground water reserves.

Well, agriculture does use a lot of water and probably Monsanto's Round Up is partly to blame.

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 WhiteHorse    490

When the government gives a specific ppm for a safe level, always be sure to move the decimal to the left at least two places, this is to make sure it's calibrated for reality.  


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