Your tap water is poisoned—it’s a statement that immediately conjures up images of conspiracy and tin foil, but this time, the allegation is coming from a credible organization with a very credible study.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), drinking water for more than 170 million Americans across all 50 states contains dangerous levels of radioactive properties—and the government has been caught covering it up.
The investigation tested water throughout the nation, including almost 50,000 public water supplies, finding that from “2010 to 2015, more than 22,000 utilities in all 50 states reported radium in the treated water delivered to customers’ taps.”
But here’s the catch: although the vast majority of the water technically tested as “safe” within official Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines, those standards are over 4 decades old—as opposed to more modern norms, like the 2006 ones established in the state of California, which would qualify 100% of the water tested above the recommended radiation limit.
“Most radioactive elements in tap water come from natural sources, but that doesn’t take away the need to protect people through stronger standards and better water treatment,” says Olga Naidenko, Ph.D. of the EWG, “Millions of Americans are drinking water with potentially harmful levels of radioactive elements, but the outdated federal standards mean many people don’t know about the risk they face when they turn on the tap.”
As if all of this wasn’t bad enough, though, it turns out government officials have been deliberately faking their own water tests in order to downplay the public health risks.
And worse, one of the people involved in faking the numbers has now been nominated to manage the White House Council on Environmental Quality.