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Ask the Hard Questions About Clean Water



Under the Public Records I am asking Everett to produce documents and to answer hard questions about what it adds to drinking water.

Read the Request for Documents online here.

Download the Word version of the Request for Documents here.

For background – if you are new to this issue see this press release directed to candidates.

Read about NSF, the sham-agency which approves the strange additive but also admits that it contains lead and arsenic.

How would you answer Washington Action for Safe Water’s questionnaire to candidates?

Every tanker load is different. Only a tiny representative sample of tanker loads is tested.  Everett tests down to an arbitrary concentration and no further. Everett does not know for sure what is in the strange additive. Since 2008 I have been challenging Everett to perform an independent and detailed assay of the raw material, but Everett does not seem to want to know what is in the chemical stew, and so is showing disregard for the health of the people.

Tanker trucks arrive every 20 days or so at the Lake Chaplain treatment plant above Sultan. The liquid within is the unprocessed and unfiltered slurry liquor from the smokestacks of super-phosphate fertilizer production facilities in Florida, Mexico, China, and other countries. Raw phosphate rock contains around 4% F plus many other elements and chemicals. Sulphuric acid is added to phosphate rock, and there is a hot fire. The smoky end products is captured in EPA wet scrubbers. After cooling it goes into tankers for direct shipment to Everett and Seattle.

The main elements in the strange substance – lead, arsenic, and F – are all on the Superfund Priorities list of toxic substances.

Uranium was mined from the same rock, back when the price was higher, and may be minded there again if the price rises. The uranium concentration is not as high as in other mines, but uranium is there, and so, according to George Glasser, there is a very tiny amount of radionuclides in your water.

Those who support adding the strange substance contend that we should not worry because the amount of the strange substance is so small.  The problem with this defense is that the strange substance is cumulative. The body has difficulty excreting it. It builds up.

With such known poisons and carcinogens, there is no small amount that safely may be added.

If we stopped adding the strange substance to tap water, it would be no hardship to find another source. Those who want to eat and drink the strange additive can simply swallow some of their toothpaste. It would be a lot more pure than what is in the drinking water.

We ask Everett to quit forcing us to consume chemicals which we do not want to consume. Give us pure water.

The strange additive is expensive.

The proponents of adding the strange additive to drinking water admit that the effect is topical and occurs after childhood, not during formation of teeth. Some dentists favor topical application but oppose internal consumption.

The proponents admit that consuming too much of the additive is causing 41% of adolescents to have dental fluorosis. Paradoxically CDC and ADA still favor drinking and eating the additive.

The proponents of adding the strange additive to water provide no mechanism for those who are especially sensitive – arthritics, diabetics, all who drink much water such as laborers and athletes, those with kidney disease, children, babies, infants, and pregnant mothers and their fetuses – to obtain an alternate source of it. The old wells have been shut down in most districts.

As in Enemy of the People, the proponents of the strange additive oppose giving written disclosure to those who are sensitive to the additive, as it would imply there is something wrong with the water. It would hurt tourism. It would harm the giant chemical corporations by reducing sales of the strange additive. The price would drop only somewhat. There are other uses such as etching metal and glass and dissolving concrete.

There is a myth that if we stopped the strange practice that children’s teeth will immediately be smitten with more cavities. There are many other better ways of preventing tooth decay, and we know them. But we will not get serious about implementing them until we quit the strange practice.

And why are we so fixated on teeth? Why are we willing to poison all the other organs in the body and even cause fluorosis to some of the teeth in order perhaps to reduce cavities a small percentage if any?

How do the proponents of the strange practice come to believe the strange substance finds its way directly and only to tooth enamel, sparing all other parts of the body from any harm whatsoever?

To the contrary, the strange substance spreads throughout the body. It concentrates more in high-calcium regions and in the bones, kidneys, thyroid, and pineal. The body is poor at excreting the strange substance. We did not evolve to need needing to be able to do so because we consumed little if any of it.

The last time I talked with Alveda King she told me: “As soon as they started adding that stuff to the water, young, healthy wives started having stillbirths – spontaneous abortions.” Alveda says this is a civil rights issue. Blacks, Hispanics, and the poor in general are more likely to be the ones with the worst cases of fluorosis – brown spots on the teeth, with pitted and even chalky teeth.

The proponents of the strange additive agree that children under two years old should little or none of the additive. Yet they do nothing to deliver pure water containing none of the additive to poor mothers, those who need it the most.

So I am asking Everett the hard questions, the questions Everett should be asking. The questions that the other water districts in Snohomish County should be asking. We outside of Everett never got to vote on adding the strange substance to our water. Surrounding water districts should insist on receiving “just water”. Lay a new pipe if necessary.

If it is hard for you to entertain the notion that adding the strange substance to our water is not good for us and that big companies have manipulated us into poisoning ourselves, you can open your mind by refreshing your memory about the people who sold the world tetraethyl Lead in the 1920s. It is the same PR firm which sells us the strange substance today. Remember when we were assured that asbestos was nothing to worry about? Government agencies knew they were unhealthy but went along with the big chemical corporations.

How would you answer Washington Action for Safe Water’s questionnaire to candidates?



James Robert Deal , Attorney
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