The maximum allowed uranium pollution in water is 60 ppb. This means 60 parts of uranium are allowed per ONE BILLION parts of water. That is not a lot…
Radioactive contamination is being found in drinking water, via uranium, in Idaho, Texas, India, Japan and many other places, around the world. We wonder, where, or where, did all of this radioactive contamination come from? Are there any clues laying about?
The following video shows one source of where uranium contamination in both the ground and drinking water comes from…
It turns out that uranium mines, tailing piles and accidents around nuclear facilities are only ONE of many direct and primary causes of radioactive uranium contamination in drinking water.
But there are other sources of uranium in drinking water and food. Believe it or not, toxic chemicals, heavy metals AND radioactive waste is added LEGALLY to chemical fertilizers in the USA and other countries. Get this… none of it has to be put on the label either. So you could be buying toxic waste to put on your plants or garden when you think you are just buying some cheap chemicals to make your garden grow better…
The only problem with trying to stop drinking water or with filtering it out is that this is the same water that is usually used to put on farms. Farms raise the food that people eat. They all raise food by using huge amounts of chemical fertilizers, laced with heavy metals, chemicals and radioactive waste materials, such as uranium.
So if the water going on plants and into animals is contaminated and undrinkable, what happens to the animals and plants that we eat? On another note, fetuses and babies are many times more sensitive than adults to the same heavy metal, chemical or radioactive contamination. What happens to them?
Is it any wonder that health problems with children and babies is going up and that more and more mothers are having problems conceiving or giving birth to healthy babies? Is it any wonder that farms are having more problems raising healthy plants and animals?
What is the total amount of radiation entering the water or soil in your area? Here is one researcher who has some potentially troubling statistics about this subject.
According to Wikipedia; “Uranium poisoning in Punjab first made news in March 2009, when a South African Board Certified Candidate Clinical Metal Toxicologist, Carin Smit, visiting Faridkot
city in Punjab, India
, instrumental in having hair and urine samples taken (2008/9) of 149/53 children respectively, who affected with birth abnormalities
including physical deformities, neurological and mental disorders. These samples were shipped to Microtrace Mineral Lab, Germany.
At the onset of the action research project, it was expected hat heavy metal / chemistry toxicity might be implicated as reasons why these children were so badly affected. Surprisingly, high levels of uranium were found in 88% of the samples, and in the case of one child, the levels were more than 60 times the maximum safe limit.
A study, carried out amongst mentally retarded children in the Malwa
region of Punjab, revealed 87% of children below 12 years and 82% beyond that age having uranium levels high enough to cause diseases, also uranium levels in samples of three kids from Kotkapura
and Faridkot were 62, 44 and 27 times higher than normal.
Subsequently, the Baba Farid Centre for Special Children, Faridkot, sent samples of five children from the worst-affected village, Teja Rohela, near Fazilka
, which has over 100 children which are congenitally mentally and physically challenged, to the same lab.
As early as 1995, Guru Nanak Dev University
(GNDU) released a report, showing the presence of uranium and other heavy metals beyond permissible limits in water samples collected from Bathinda and Amritsar district
, however there was no response from the government time at time.
The hotspot for this increased toxicity, however was the Malwa region of Punjab, which showed extremely high levels of chemical, biological and radioactive toxicity, including uranium contamination. As the region’s groundwater and food chain was gradually contaminated by industrial effluents flowing into fresh water sources used both for irrigation and drinking purposes, the region showed a rise in neurological diseases, and a sharp increase in cancer cases and kidney ailments, for example in Muktsar district
between 2001 and 2009, 1,074 people died of cancer.
Over the years, a case of slow poisoning was suspected by health workers of the Baba Farid Center For Special Children (BFCSC) in Bathinda
, when they saw a sharp increase in the number of severely handicapped children, birth defects like hydrocephaly
, cerebral palsy
, Down’s syndrome
and other physical and mental abnormalities, and cancers in children.
In March 2008, Dr Carin Smit, a Candidate Clinical Metal toxicologist, in private practice in South Africa, and Vera Dirr, a teacher of children with cerebral palsy, alarmed after seen a high incidences of abnormalities in local children at the Baba Farid Center For Special Children (BFCSC) in Faridkot, a not-for-profit organization working with kids, ailing from autism
, cerebral palsy
and other neurological disorders
requested help for laboratory tests from Microtarce Mineral Lab, Germany
The centre reported a rise in the number of cases in the last six to seven years. The BFCSC uses naturopathic principles
to treat is patients.
Subsequent tests, carried out on the ground water
displayed levels of uranium as high as 224mcg/l (micrograms per litre). However, samples taken in the vicinity of the around the coal-fired power plants were up to 15 times above the World Health Organisation
‘s maximum safe limits.
It was found that the contamination included a large parts of the state of Punjab, home to 24 million people.
. In 2010, water samples taken from Buddha Nullah
, a highly polluted water canal, which merges into the Sutlej River
, showed heavy metal content as quite high and the presence of uranium 1½ times the reference range.
, and together with other forms of pollution, like ammonia, phosphate, chloride, chromium, arsenic andchlorpyrifos
pesticides, the rivulet, is now being termed as “Other Bhopal
” in the making.
An investigation carried out The Observer
newspaper, in 2009, revealed the possible that cause of contamination of soil and ground water in Malwa
region of Punjab, to be the fly ash
from coal burnt at thermal power
plants, which contains high levels of uranium
as the region has state’s two biggest coal-fired power stations.
Tests on ground water carried out by Dr Chander Parkash, a wetland ecologist and Dr Surinder Singh, also at Guru Nanak Dev University
, Amritsar, found the highest average concentration of uranium 56.95mcg/l, in the town of Bhucho Mandi
in Bathinda district
, a short distance from the ash pond
of Lehra Mohabat thermal power plant. At village Jai Singh Wala, close to the Batinda ash pond, similar test results showed an average level of 52.79mcg/l.
Other forms of toxicity
In 2009, under a Greenpeace
Research Laboratories investigation, Dr Reyes Tirado, from the University of Exeter
, UK, a study conducted in 50 villages in Muktsar
and Ludhiana districts
, revealed chemical, radiation and biological toxicity rampant in Punjab. 20% of the sampled wells showed nitrate levels above the safety limit of 50 mg/l, established by WHO, the study connected it with high use of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers
With increasing poisoning of the soil, the region once hailed as the home to the Green revolution
, now due to excessive use of chemical fertilizer, is being termed the “Other Bhopal
“, and “even credit-takers of the Revolution have begun to admit they had been wrong, now that they see wastelands and lives lost to farmer suicides in this “granary of India”.
According to a comment made by Ramaswami Kumar; “since the average person consumes 720 kg water per year, he should take no more than .0423 gm of uranium, which is about 1600 Bq. Thus he is ingesting in 2012 four times the allowable limit of uranium. And uranium is a sequential decay chain and the mutation rate for ingested uranium is very high. This means a DNA can be hit twice during the same cell cycle making repair of the DNA impossible. We must eliminate uranium from drinking water.”