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American water supply and food contaminated by rocket fuel

schmoo | 28.04.2007 20:17 | Anti-militarism | Ecology | World

According to the US research organisation the 'Environmental Working Group' which has just given evidence to Congress, high levels of perchlorate in breast milk in recent CDC studies "are cause for serious concern and should lead to immediate action."

After years of blocking tactics by the Bush government a bill to do something looks like it might be finally moving in congress. Toxic rocket fuel waste, is found in drinking water supplies in more than 20 states in America.

Millions of Americans are regularly drinking water and eating foods and drink that have been contaminated by rocket fuel. It's coming from the country's 12,000 military bases, where fuel seepage is going unchecked, and has done so for years.

The water supply in 22 states is contaminated by perchlorate, the toxic chemical found in the fuel, while farms and dairy farms near the military bases are shipping contaminated produce across the States. A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) survey has found that 93 per cent of all lettuce and milk sold in the US is contaminated.

With the new threat of American rockets being based in Britain and elsewhere in Europe, we should be questioning not only the strategic sanity of a new arms build up, but also the environmental costs. After all these weapons are meant to protect us - not slowly kill us and our children for years into the future.

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