The picture to the left is an X-Ray photograph of a two year old girl with lead chips in her system.
Summary:The above link is an article I found on the National Geographic Website. The author is writing about how he grew up in a town surrounded by pollution, and how his doctors are now finding these polluting substances in his blood! His town had tons of industries and dumps right around the county water intake which supplied drinking water for him and his family. Runoff and pollution from these industries and dumps contaminated the river-and these pollutants wound up in the bodies of those who drank the water. "Factories making cars, soap, and fertilizers and other agricultural chemicals"(Duncan, 6), he says were made and used directly next to the river and water intake. The author explains how driving through this part of town was enclosed in a "noxious cloud" (Duncan, 6) of gasses and other pollution which made it hard to see or breathe. He describes how in his childhood his friends would ride bikes through the pollution, holding their breaths. Over time, however, the air pollution and especially water runoff pollution have taken their toll. His doctor has told him of some of the substances he has found in the author's blood: Lead, Mercury, Dioxins, PBDEs, PCBs, and other harmful toxins.
Fortunately, today less pollution is in the air and less pollution is in the water we drink. Plus, water filters can be bought to take most of toxins out of tap water. This is thanks to the acts created in the 1970s such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act which work to stop pollution in places such as rivers, lakes, streams, and our breathing air. Hopefully we can keep this clean record going, and try to improve even more.
I was shocked when I read the title of the article. I mean really, Toxic People? What could this possibly mean? But as I start to read this crazy article, I understood the scary truth. Due to the pollution in streams and rivers, as well as the air, there are people walking around that literally have what can be considered toxic blood. I sure hope my tap water is clean, because I currently do not own a water filter! If this is still going on then the industries who pollute our drinking water should be ashamed. It concerns me how some businesses will pollute other peoples' drinking water just to make a profit. Companies really need to work harder to find a better solution than dumping their pollution.
I want to help to stop pollution in our drinking water. It is a serious concern of mine and I sure hope it is a concern of others as well. I am excited to learn about water pollution in class(the last couple days feel like we haven't been learning much, so it should be fun to learn something new) and how we can defend ourselves against it. I see it as a very important and interesting topic!
1. What does the Clean Water Act do to prevent water pollution? Can it be revised to "amp up" the standards for our drinking water?
2. Is there a simple way to tell if our tap water is polluted? And if so, will simple water filters fix this problem?
3. How can we as citizens help to limit pollution in our drinking water? Can recycling play a part in this process?
4. How many of the toxins mentioned in the article are still in use today? What are they used for?