A friend of mine forwarded this article to me as he knew I came from the village of Angus Ontario, and I still have relatives there.
If you have friends or relatives living in Angus or the other areas mentioned in this article you might want to refer them to this
from Joseph E. Cummins, Associate Professor (Genetics) Dept. of Plant Sciences University of Western Ontario London, Ontario N6A B7 “Feel free to reprint this article”
Most people believe the water they drink is safe and healthy and they will be alerted the instant hazardous pollution endangers their water supply. However, there is clear evidence that more than 300,000 Ontario residents drink water polluted with carcinogenic solvents. About half that number drink water polluted to levels exceeding the guidelines accepted by the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MoE) prior to the emergence of evidence that numerous wells are polluted. MoE concealed evidence of significant pollution from residents in a large northern community for at least a year, and falsely informed residents of Angus that their polluted drinking water was safe. The use of designer guidelines that increase as pollution increases seems like a dirty trick to the average person but that is what MoE is doing. My Freedom of Information request showed that the municipalities of Barrie, Cambridge and Delhi exceeded accepted guidelines for carcinogenic solvents. Bracebridge, Guelpb,Waterloo, Simcoe, Marathon and Manitowadge had trace to significant levels of solvent. In Waterloo, the levels were 10 to 20 times lower than reported during 1990. Flamborougb, Fergus and Erin had wells polluted beyond the accepted guideline, and Georgetown and Cannington had polluted water. The Erin wells may have been polluted by a highway accident involving a waste hauler. In other municipal wells such as in Angus, levels of perchloroethylene hundreds of times greater than guidelines allow were acknowledged months after MoE falsely discounted a private laboratory study. People drank polluted water in Orillia for a year before the pollution was acknowledged by MoE. Penetanguishene residents drank polluted water for a long time, as did the village of Manotick near Ottawa where levels were over 10,000 times higher than established guidelines. I expect that a number of wells over and above those I listed are polluted. However, MoE demands a huge fee from me to obtain this vital information.
How is carcinogenic solvent bad for you? The two major solvents are trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene (tetrachloroethylene). Polluted wells usually contain both, butone is usually higher than the other. Both solvents cause cancer in animals. Trichloroethylene was implicated in liver, testicular and lung cancers while tetrachloroethylene was implicated in cancer of the liver and kidneys as well as leukaemia. People drinking water polluted to levels comparable to that of the Ontario wells have experienced higher rates of leukaemia in women and children of both sexes. Children born to mothers drinking polluted water have experienced more heart malformations. Cases of the skin disease lupus are highly elevated among women drinking solvent-polluted water. In adults, nerve damage and heart attacks are caused by drinking polluted water.
What can one do? Showering in polluted water causes two to three times more solvent to be ingested than drinking two litres of the same water. It is best to bathe instead, and to drink bottled water. If you are sick a great deal with rashes or insomnia, an independent laboratory can be used to study your water. Don’t let the local MoE bureaucrats bully you if the results show significant pollution, but go directly to the Minister and demand action. The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the MoE Drinking Water Surveillance Program publications have used the standard of five parts per billion for both carcinogenic solvents as the acceptable limit. Don’t let the local health unit try to palm off a higher guideline. Students from communities mentioned in this article should tell their families about the problem, because it has likely been concealed from them. It is not clear the provincial government can be trusted to inform those who may be affected.