MTBE (Methyl Tert Butyl Ether):
This is a serious health threat from coast to coast and is the second most frequently detected volatile organic chemical in groundwater.
The EPA approved MTBE as an air-cleaning gas additive in 1991. Now MTBE is a suspected chemical carcinogen.
THe U.S. Geological Survey has found it in more than a quarter of the nation's shallow urban wells and in streams, lakes, rain and snow, as well as some of the remote rural areas. It would seem that no community is exempt from this health hazard.
It is reported by the Association of California Water Agencies, that California
and about a third of the rest of the country now use gasoline with
high levels of MTBE. The remaining population use gas with low levels of this chemical.
Even if MTBE were banned today, it would take billions of dollars and years to eliminate this from
our nation's water.
The EPA classifies MTBE as a possible human carcinogen because laboratory rats and mice that breathe or drink it have developed
lymphoma, leukemia, testicular tumors, thyroid tumors, and kidney
tumors. However, the EPA has not called for a ban on MTBE.
This is a serious health issue since MTBE in your tap water is
a fast-leaching compound. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that MTBE doesn't biodegrade.
It can stay in our water supplies for years.
This is a serious issue facing all of us. However, we can be glad that
it can be removed by adsorption using activated carbon.
Thankfully, NSF has
released a standard for it. NSF International is an independent testing lab that evaluates and certifies
the performance of drinking water treatment units.
We are greatful to announce our solid carbon as the first to be tested and certified for
the reduction of Methyl Tert Butyl Ether (MTBE)
MTBE in the NEWS
March 10, 2002, (Los Angeles Times)
After the federal government ordered gas stations nationwide to replace underground tanks that were leaking a possible carcinogen into the ground water, state officials now find many of the new tanks also leak.
Environmentalists say the newly discovered leaks bolster their arguments that Gov. Gray Davis should not delay phasing out the use of the gasoline additive MTBE. Davis has been considering putting off the ban, which is supposed to take effect December 31.
Preliminary results of a state study found that two-thirds of the upgraded tanks and pipes tested in Yolo and Sacramento counties are leaking MTBE. In Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, water officials found that of 60 new double-sided tanks they monitored, a third are still leaking gasoline. In addition, some built-in sensors supposed to warn them about leakage aren t working.
In the Silicon Valley, at least 40 percent of tested new tanks are releasing MTBE. At one station in San Jose, vapor leakage resulted in 2,000 pounds of MTBE contaminating soil and groundwater.
MTBE is a very significant threat to the groundwater, not only in our county but across the state, said Jim Crowley, a specialist on the tanks who works for the Santa Clara Valley Water District. The underground storage tank systems don t appear to be able to contain MTBE.
Chloramine: ( a mix of chlorine and ammonia)
It has been known for a long time that mixing these two household cleaners can result in a gas that can damage the lungs.
Water utilities are now using more chloramine in an attempt to balance the use of chlorine to protect against microbes (such as those
that cause dysentery and cholera) and keep the dangers of the disinfection process to a minimum.
But, no one knows for sure what this new water
disinfectant and/or possible Chloramine by-products will produce in side effects. Disinfecting water results in carcinogenic disinfection by-products.
It is represented as safe but there is a warning that you should not give chloramine treated water to your animals or use in fish tanks since it kills fish!
Our Solid Carbon met the proposed standard for the reduction of Chloramine long before it was implemented by NSF or UL. It was the first to be certified and is one of the few that meets the standard.
More News on Drinking Water - http://www.theolivebranch.com/water/news.htm
K. Culbreth, Independent Distributor
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