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Pregnant Women Warned Not To Drink Water 48 Hours After West Virginia Told Residents It Was Safe


Health & Wellness  (tags: health, West Virginia, risks, safety, warning, pregnant women, CDC, government, environment )

Carrie
- 2012 days ago - thinkprogress.org
More than 2 days after West Virginia American Water began lifting the ban on water use that had impacted 300,000 West Virginians,the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) finally broke its silence and advised pregnant women not to drink the water



   

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Kyra Hazelton (70)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 1:47 pm
That's ridiculous what took them so long to say so!!! These women should have been told right off!
 

Sue Matheson (79)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 1:59 pm
thanks
 

JL A (281)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 4:39 pm
If not safe for pregnant women probably also not safe for infants or other vulnerable populations either.
 

Katie & Bill D (107)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 6:55 pm
Older folks and Babies too! Should have limited to everyone to be safe!! I would ask why, what was wrong with the water???
Thank You Carrie
 

Shirley S (187)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 6:56 pm
How awful to have your water supply so contaminated.
 

Carrie B (306)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 7:12 pm
It's probably not safe for anyone!
 

Jeanne Young (19)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 8:28 pm
Any respect for the CDC should probably be put on hold for the duration - - - - -
"UNDRINK that water you drank for the last 2 days, and don't drink any more" Totally NUTS
No, the water is very likely unsafe for some time to come, and so is water downstream - - - -
How much do we need to see before we DO see - - - -
 

Jim Phillips (3247)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 9:06 pm
"Emergency rooms saw an uptick in patients after the ‘do not use’ advisory was lifted."

If I were a pregnant woman, I would not listen to the State of W, VA officials nor the CDC on the safety of the water. I would drink and use bottled water shipped from elsewhere, out of the state. Better yet, I would move the hell out of the state to protect my pregnancy.

If the chemical proves to be harmful causing defects in my pregnancy, I would terminate it. If I am forced to carry the pregnancy, not allowed to terminate it and carry it to full term and if the "it the baby" was found to have defects, I would sue the hell out of the chemical companies, the State of W. VA and the CDC for causing the defects.

New rules and regulations are needed to be put into place, effective immediately. Get rid of the "grandfathering" ruling: The 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), meaning there are no requirements that anyone prove whether or not they are safe. There are no "safe" storage of chemicals anywhere.

ty, Carrie.'.
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Elizabeth M (65)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 10:08 pm
Why is heavens name is this chemical being used, when they dončt even know what effects it could have on drinking water!! Does not sound like any one in the state of W, VA officials or the CDC want to take any responsibility for saying the water was safe ,when it was not. Pregnant women must have the correct information immediately. I agree with Jim Phillips statement - there are not safe storage of chemicals anywhere.
Thank You Carrie.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Thursday January 16, 2014, 11:14 pm
This is insane! That water is not safe for anyone! We have to demand a ban on all toxic chemicals. Thank you for the news. (n, p, t)
 

Past Member (0)
Friday January 17, 2014, 1:31 am
Where on earth is the evidence that 1% of this chemical is safe ? who decided this ? lets see him drink the water if he is so sure.This smacks of the case int he UK when it adopted the paper written by a civil servant with no scientific or medical background regarding the dangerous levels of alcohol.Despite this the government ceased on it with glee and despite the admission of the person who wrote that article under pressure from other scientist admitted that he had pulled out the first figure that entered his head.
 

Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday January 17, 2014, 2:18 am
I think pregnant women would stay on bottled water no matter who says what in this kind of situation.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday January 17, 2014, 4:15 am
noted
 

Roseann d (178)
Friday January 17, 2014, 4:18 am
Yeah.. we saw that coming.
 

Sandrea S (278)
Friday January 17, 2014, 4:49 am
Another concern might be where Nestle helps themselves to town's water supplies (even during droughts), and sells it to us in bottles.
o_O
 

Rhonda B (99)
Friday January 17, 2014, 5:17 am
thanks.
 

Birgit W (160)
Friday January 17, 2014, 9:12 am
This is very concerning news. Thanks for sharing.
 

S S (0)
Friday January 17, 2014, 12:34 pm
Thank you.
 

Arielle S (313)
Friday January 17, 2014, 12:59 pm
You know they would not have given this warning if it were not completely necessary....and this is why we should always trust them....not.
 

Jamie Clemons (282)
Friday January 17, 2014, 1:04 pm
future notice you should wait at least a week after any ban on drinking water is lifted just in case.
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday January 17, 2014, 2:55 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie. Heard on the news that the company has filed for bankruptcy; AND that it was sold at the end of Dec. So, I wonder how the lawsuits will be handled. And, there should be many! With all the "precautions" taken by our gov't, like TSA airport searches, NSA collection of metadata...and everything else done in the name of "security"...why was this chemical plant allowed to go unchecked for 20 yrs? And, Jim (above) mentioned the "grandfathering of 64,000 chemicals by the 1976 Toxic Substance Control Act." This is outrageous!
Other articles I've been reading have residents stating that there is a "licorice smell" associated with this "spill." Residents have been periodically smelling licorice in the area for several months. That must be looked into. There was also a time lag, with children taking baths and breaking out in rashes prior to notice of this. Not only isn't it not safe for human consumption, the only safe way to use water in the area, is if you're flushing it down a toilet. I wonder if simply exposure to the fumes can have detrimental effects.
 

Jeremy S (3)
Friday January 17, 2014, 5:07 pm
Is anything safe anymore? This is a disgrace to the state of West Virginia, and by extension to some of the surrounding areas as well.
 

Emi Y (21)
Friday January 17, 2014, 5:39 pm
Why would anybody drink water that was off color...smell...quick first taste..??.?? Don't trust the government..their whole existence is based on lies..
 

Sheryl G (359)
Friday January 17, 2014, 6:17 pm
If it isn't safe for pregnant women, it isn't safe. The Oligarchy is killing us people, yet few rise up to do anything. I don't know what it will take, half the world to fall sick by the wayside, another Black Plague only this time from all the toxins.

Some of us do speak out, we sign petitions, we vote more wisely, but too many are in la la land. The State of W. Virginia the people over and over voted in Candidates that were for little to no regulations. Can't make the money they claim if too regulated. Well ok, so they are making the money, getting richer all the time, but those who live there, they get to drink the poisoned water.

Go ahead, keep voting in the jerks that are killing you, stay home, don't go to a town hall meeting, keep viewing Fake News, or the dumb entertainments shows on TV, honey boo boo and Duck Dynasty and a bunch of the other trash that is clogging up the airways. While Rome burns Nero fiddled and that is what a huge amount of the populace is doing, fiddling away their time while the situation around them gets more dire all the time.

Remember......water = life. That means clean water not toxic water. No water no life. Simple as that.
 

Athena F (131)
Friday January 17, 2014, 6:22 pm
Horrible. Do NOT trust these people. They don't care if we live or die. Odds are, they're in bed with the pharmaceutical companies anyway so if you get ill it just means more money for them.
 

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Friday January 17, 2014, 8:20 pm
I understand these people are desperate, but who really believed the water was safe to drink? Whoever it was that said it was safe, should have been made to stand up and drink several gallons of the crap water. In fact the owner of the company, should be made to live in one of these houses with nothing but this water to drink, cook with, bathe in, wash their clothes, etc. Disgusting.

I heard on the Ed Show tonight that the company who caused this is planning on filing bankruptcy, as someone else mentioned above. In order for a company to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy, they have to have another company willing to give the bankrupt company money to restructure. Then, basically the company that gives the money for restructuring, pretty much then owns the assets. In this particular case, the company that has come in to guarantee the money is a company that was just created in the last day or so and the owner of that company is the owner of the company that's going bankrupt. Who wants to bet they get away with this crap? The company responsible will get out of paying any reparations because of the bankruptcy and because it's the same owner, he skates away scott free, none the worse for wear. Essentially, it's just a name change for the company.
 

Patricia H. (440)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 12:00 am
noted
 

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 7:18 am
Susan the scam you mention goes on all the time and because they keep getting away with it, they will continue to do so. Why not, it works. The only ones who are paying for any of the crap that is being done is the animals, the environment, and those too poor to live elsewhere. With each passing day, more people are finding themselves in the poor section. Because once your home has no water fit to drink who will buy it for you to move? You either have to walk away or you stay and have to buy clean water from further away each time and at a higher cost.

Most people, their largest asset is their home, homes that have been stolen by mortgage scams, homes that are now in area of fracking that the insurers will no longer insure you on, so if it burns down, too bad. Homes you can't sell either due to toxic water or it's in a zone of fracking, the banks no longer giving loans to people who might even want to buy there. So people are stuck. If they loose their jobs, they can't sell, they can't get out, they loose for failure to pay, they simply loose.

However, the Corporate "people" just keep on ticking away, supported by our sold out Government, our legal system that is either in their pockets or has to follow the laws on the books that were written for the Oligarchy to rape and pillage by. You know people, this is just the modern day version of what was done to the Indians that few stood up for and still stand up for. Those same people who when-ever they stand up to speak on the shafting they are getting is the same shaft you'd be getting one day. But who would listen, who cared. Those in the Media have failed us, just like most of the media made the Indians into those terrible 'savages" and kept the support going for the murder of innocent people and the stealing of lands. Few in the media, and there are some who did, tried to give the public the correct picture as to what was going on. No different today, we got a major media problem going on........and the Independent sources that are out there are working overtime to get the truth out. Welcome to the Rez.
 

Rhonda B (99)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 10:30 am
Horrible! What took them so long.
 
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