Atrazine Formaldehyde Acid Rain Lake Arlington drilling laterals – Arlington Cancer Clusters suspect – low sperm count -…take your pick

video hereFormaldehyde
This picture shows extremely high formaldehyde and carbon disulfide readings at the Lake Arlington Compressor Station. I have an open records request for the compressor blow down/maintenance or accident log on the dates the air study was done.  We hope there was an anomaly that day so that the formaldehyde isn’t always that high. Shortly thereafter the compressor station converted to gas fired compressors and were to keep two diesel and use as back up …and I’ll get an update on that too.
Now I wanna share some communications about herbicides like Atrazine (video here) that have been found to be endocrine disrupting…we can then relate that to effluents from drilling near humans.  Further down is a study reporting that sperm counts over the last 17 yrs are down by 1/3 and are being blamed on endocrine disruption which started with plastics that changed our world… and also weakened our ability to procreate. WOW.
—– Forwarded Message —-
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov; walter.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov; Michael.Buettner@arlingtontx.gov; terry.benton@arlingtontx.gov; darryl.westbrook@arlingtontx.gov; robert.cluck@arlingtontx.gov; trey.yelverton@arlingtontx.gov; Robert Rivera <robert.rivera@arlingtontx.gov>; robert.shepard@arlingtontx.gov; jimmy.bennett@arlingtontx.gov; lana.wolff@arlingtontx.gov; sheri.capehart@arlingtontx.gov; kathryn.wilemon@arlingtontx.gov; charlie.parker@arlingtontx.gov; michael.glaspie@arlingtontx.gov; brian.riley@arlingtontx.gov; jim.parajon@arlingtontx.gov; water@arlingtontx.gov
Cc: Laura Hunt <txwellstudy@gmail.com>; kschug@uta.edu; sattler@uta.edu; zhildenbrand@uta.edu; ken.thompson@ch2m.com; Susan (DSHS) Prosperie <Susan.Prosperie@dshs.state.tx.us>; Wendy.Davis@Senate.State.TX.US; Lon.Burnam@house.state.tx.us
Sent: Fri, November 30, 2012 2:15:32 PM
Subject: Atrazine/ formaldehyde- Lake Arlington/cancer cluster suspected near Martin High school

I just did an Open Records Request for Arlington’s 2011 March and April Atrazine ppb levels.
Testing should be concentrated in the seasonal applications (March and April).
I was told by Ms Hunt (the long time, rather young, water director that recently resigned unexpectly) that “the city of Arlington monitors the water for atrazine three to four times each year and the state of Texas collects samples once per year for each plant. The atrazine levels are effectively monitored four to five times each year for each plant. Also, the city of Arlington monitors the source water three to four times a year.”   
If those March and April numbers do not exist, who do I talk to to make sure we test THIS March and April?
(still no response as of 12/19/2012).
A while back I dedicated an acid rain youtube music  video to our mayor and city council.  I am revisiting this unresolved issue. I have not released video footage of my acid rain question and lame city response taken at a Lake Arlington meeting at the fireman training center where city staff laughed at the question. Obviously this is bad PR (city leaders science deniers). I’m also holding onto an audio I have of the 911 tapes of the Arlington citizens during the Fulson and XTO gas well emission event of April 2011 asking “am I going to blow up?… etc….should I evacuate?…I’m having health effects…etc”.
I pray about our leadership and my quest to deliver the truth about the risks to our residents in having added urban drilling to our environment and need you to work with me and not ignore me.
Now that we have three  (now make that four because last night, on 12/18/12, Arlington City council approved a $71K Ion Chromatogramaphy) city water sensors on order, I would like full disclosure of what will be screened for in our water. Open records request says this information has not been finalized, however the specs on the equipment and what it is capable of screening are already settled, so I want to know if there will be an effort to ….
1) screen for heavy metals such as beryllium, selenium, arsenic, silver, mercury, lead etc.
2) screen for aldehydes and keytones (recall the high formaldehyde uncovered near Lake Arlington summer of 2010 see attached photo-I have open records request with the state for emission events during that air testing timeframe)
Having the power plant and a compressor station on our drinking water sources’ lake edge is a disaster plan if we do not screen for fallout.
A UTA group called Texwells did NOT release their findings that were due out last summer and I suspect no news is really bad news…FYI
Effect Screening Levels are being challenged as new science shows endocrine disruption is occurring with dosing way below federal standards. Yesterday I filmed young students downwind from the active Truman/Cowboy Stadium pollution. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thiCXGdIhDQ
That boating activities are allowed in our lake is absurd and drought conditions only amplify concentrations of pollutants.
It really doesn’t look good that Ms Hunt resigned and we have a big undertaking to make residents feel safe with over 100 laterals UNDER our drinking water source. I’ve read about other towns banning drilling near their drinking water sources.  We understand migration of left behind fracking fluids and ongoing toxic, brine fluids are really a matter of time depending on the casings life, how the fault lines lie, and any other seismic interferences..etc.
I hear alot about cancers in south west Arlington (by Martin Highschool) and near the lake area. Here is an unlisted youtube video of a phone call I received today. http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_edit?ns=1&video_id=8_XIe8Bo72k
This audio is not related to the other email I think I already shared with you of the family near Martin Highschool where 3 of 4 of them have cancer plus their dog and the relative that contacted me suspects its in our water.
The old amunitions bomb yard near Rushcreek area by I20 in the 1960’s has me concerned that we have some clean up to do like the alleged buried jet fuel tanks at the Viridian project that open records has no info on.
Darryl, I would like to schedule a meeting with a representative from our water department and have them be prepared to address these concerns.  (UPDATE..DARRYL HAS YET TO CONTACT ME FOR THIS MEETING AS OF DEC. 19 2012.)
I also wonder how our ground water that sources our to our Lake Arlington will eventually- if not already- is being affected…plese read this recent USGS report-here is an excerpt…
“Groundwater discharge is a critical part of flow in most streams — and the more we pump below the ground, the more we deplete water flowing down the stream,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “When viewed over the long term, it is one big zero-sum game.”
I realized I covered Atrazine, acid rain/formaldehyde, drilling laterals under our lake, cancer clusters near Martin High, Rush Creek suspected ammunitation brownsfield, and suspect Viridian jet fuel brownsfields. I also am looking at cancers near water treatment plants that also have gas wells nearby too…I’d like to think my concerns are worth looking into since the field of toxicoloy has just butt heads with endocrine disruptors.
Thanks for your support in these matters.
Kim Feil
…….
Notice Atrazine was added on our 2011 Water Quality Report?
The state tested in Feb. 2012 and the city tested in Jan, July, Oct. and Dec. but seasonal applications of Atrazine are in March and April and are the highest from April through June. I never did get an answer to the question below-the data doesn’t exist.
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 So I did yet another public information request, here is what I received on 12/10/2012… which showed April testing info however we still do not have any March or June data. The Pierce Birch Treatment plant results below for  May 2012 at 1.75 ppb and July 2012  at 1.48 ppb, are alarming! Still unknown and suspect is that the highest readings were in June 2012. I’m still wondering how they can have a monthly “collect sample” date and post as a quarterly average?  We need to know individual spike amounts so they are not watered down in averaging.
Dr Hayes studied Atrazine dosed to frogs at 2.5 ppb (just under the legal limits of 3.ppb) and found it can affect hormones and make frogs birth their own babies and make female frogs not want to procreate….I now ask “What have we done to the sexual identities and sexual preferences of humans?” In 2012, the Arlington Pierce Birch Treatment plant results below for May at 1.75 ppb and July at 1.48 ppb, are alarming! Still unknown and suspect is that the highest readings were in June. Arlington had from 1996 through the first quater of 1998 (how old were your children then?-mine were still in elementary school)… to have been detected 10 times at a minimum of .15 ppb to a maximum of 1.8 ppb. Dallas had similar readings, and Ft Worth had 16 detections with a minimum of .56 ppb to a maximum of 3.1 ppb.
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Ms. Feil,

As was discussed in the information previously provided by Mrs. Hunt, the City of Arlington tests both source and finished water for atrazine four times per year, quarterly, and the state of Texas tests the finished water annually.  The following two charts provide the testing dates and results for 2011 and 2012, including the testing from April, 2011.

Chart 1 – Source Water Results 2011 and 2012

Collect_Date ClientID TestID CoA Lab Result (ppb)
Quarterly
1/10/2011 JKRaw Atrazine 0.44
1/10/2011 PBRaw Atrazine 0.26
4/20/2011 JKRaw Atrazine <0.1
4/20/2011 PBRaw Atrazine <0.1
7/6/2011 JKRaw Atrazine 0.26
7/6/2011 PBRaw Atrazine 0.34
10/3/2011 JKRaw Atrazine <0.1
10/12/2011 PBRaw Atrazine <0.1
1/18/2012 JKRaw Atrazine 0.24
1/18/2012 PBRaw Atrazine 0.25
5/7/2012 JKRaw Atrazine 0.68
5/7/2012 PBRaw Atrazine 1.75
7/10/2012 JKRaw Atrazine 0.62
7/10/2012 PBRaw Atrazine 1.48
10/8/2012 JKRaw Atrazine 0.38
10/8/2012 PBRaw Atrazine 0.54

Chart 2 – Finished Water Results 2011 and 2012

Collect_Date ClientID TestID CoA Lab Result (ppb)
Quarterly
State Lab Result (ppb)
Annually (tap only)
1/10/2011 JKTap Atrazine 0.13 0.10
1/10/2011 PBTap Atrazine 0.11 0.10
4/20/2011 JKTap Atrazine <0.1
4/20/2011 PBTap Atrazine <0.1
7/6/2011 JKTap Atrazine 0.11
7/6/2011 PBTap Atrazine <0.1
10/3/2011 JKTap Atrazine <0.1
10/12/2011 PBTap Atrazine <0.1
1/18/2012 JKTap Atrazine <0.1
1/18/2012 PBTap Atrazine <0.1 0.13
5/7/2012 JKTap Atrazine 0.19 0.13
5/7/2012 PBTap Atrazine 0.52
7/9/2012 JKTap Atrazine 0.43
7/9/2012 PBTap Atrazine 0.25
10/8/2012 JKTap Atrazine 0.15
10/8/2012 PBTap Atrazine 0.22

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From: 
Kim Feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Date: May 30, 2012 8:44:57 PM CDT
To: Julie Hunt <Julie.Hunt@arlingtontx.gov>, darryl.westbrook@arlingtontx.gov
Subject: What were the March and April Atrazine ppb levels?

Testing should be concentrated in the seasonal applications (March and April) to find exceedances in protective health levels above 3 parts per billion.  In other words, we need to know if during March and April, if the ESL was exceeded?

……………

From: Julie Hunt
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2012 5:40 PM
Subject: RE: Atrazine story I’m working on
 Mrs. Feil,
In response to your inquiry for a statement on Atrazine, here is summary of the testing related to Atrazine in the city of Arlington water system. 
In February 2012, the State collected their annual distribution sample and measured atrazine at a level of 0.00013 mg/L. The MCL (Maximum Contamination Level) set by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is 0.003 mg/L. The Public Health Goal is also at 0.003 mg/L. Additional historical sampling is listed in the table below:

 

State Sampling Results
Year Atrazine (mg/L) MCL  (mg/L) Detection Limit (mg/L)
2010 0.00017 0.003 0.00010
2011 0.00010 0.003 0.00010
2012 0.00013 0.003 0.00010

 In addition, Arlington tests several times a year for Atrazine.  Here are the results of these tests.  Please note all tests indicate that atrazine is below the MCL set by the EPA.

City of Arlington Results for 2011 for Atrazine (mg/L)
Date PB JK Detection Limit (mg/L)
1/18/2011 < 0.00010 < 0.00010 0.00010
7/6/2011 < 0.00010 0.00011 0.00010
10/3&12/2011 < 0.00010 < 0.00010 0.00010

 

City of Arlington Source Water Results for 2011 for Atrazine (mg/L)
Date Lake Arlington TRWD Detection Limit (mg/L)
1/18/2011 0.00025 0.00024 0.00010
7/6/2011 0.00034 0.00026 0.00010
10/3&12/2011 < 0.00010 < 0.00010 0.00010

The level of atrazine found in the city of Arlington water is 15 times below the Public Health Goal and the MCL set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Safe Drinking Water Act. Atrazine is a widely used herbicide for control of broadleaf and grassy weeds. Effective in 1993, its uses were greatly restricted. The city of Arlington monitors the water for atrazine three to four times each year and the state of Texas collects samples once per year for each plant. The atrazine levels are effectively monitored four to five times each year for each plant. Also, the city of Arlington monitors the source water three to four times a year.

EPA MCLs are set as close to the health goals as possible, considering cost, benefits and the ability of public water systems to detect and remove contaminants using suitable treatment technologies. EPA has set this level of protection based on the best available science to prevent potential health problems. EPA has set an enforceable regulation for atrazine (MCL) at 0.003 mg/L.

The Phase II Rule, the regulation for atrazine, became effective in 1992. The SDWA requires EPA to periodically review the national primary drinking water regulation for each contaminant and revise the regulation, if appropriate. EPA reviewed atrazine as part of the Six Year Review and determined that the 0.003 mg/L MCLG and 0.003 mg/L MCL for atrazine are still protective of human health.

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I have to admit that I will miss Ms Hunt as she retires. One thing that has recently come to my attention is that Atrazine has been found to be an endocrine disruptor in tiny amounts.

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 “…implications of low dose effects and non-monotonic dose response curves for risk/safety assessment—or, endocrinology meets toxicology. If exposures to toxic chemicals at the low levels currently measured in the environment can cause harm through endocrine disruption, then risk assessment may need to change its approaches to toxicity testing.” http://ourhealthandenvironment.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/review-of-the-berlin-workshop-concerning-low-dose-effects-and-non-monotonic-dose-response-for-eacs-endocrine-active-chemicals/#more-636
Below is a comment I made on a news report that chemicals found after a toxic methanol fire in Garland TX uncovered no immediate threat to human health – that the amounts were “low”.

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This Dec 2012 link says there is about a 1/3 drop in sperm count over the last 17 years….

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9722963/Male-fertility-under-threat-as-average-sperm-counts-drop.html

And below are some other links regarding endocrine disruption…

  1. Scientists Warn of Low-Dose Risks of Chemical Exposure by 

    e360.yale.edu/feature/scientists_warn_of…endocrine…/2507/

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Kim Feil reports that this next link investigates how millions were spent spinning the news being reported by hiring third party consultants. They also agressively tracked those journalists trying to expose the potential health risks of atrazine”. (http://www.alternet.org/story/154046/revealed%3A_how_syngenta_investigated_the_press_and_shaped_the_news_about_its_controversial_weed-killer_atrazine?page=8)

Syngenta, one of the largest distributers of the Atrazine herbicide (second to Monsanto’s “Roundup”) who leads America in dumping 80 million pounds annually on our lawns, golf courses and our produce fields, also butts heads with a scientist who refused to work for them if he was forced to manipulate his finds.  That scientist left the study and did his own research and brought attention to his findings by rapping it to audiences. (http://madamenoire.com/104277/tyrone-b-hayes-is-hard-as-hell-scientists-emails-bring-controversial-herbicide-to-light/)

Rapper,“my name is tyrone” Hayes, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MxrH4lN0-A) studied an African frog . A Mother Jones article  wrote of Tyrone’s study of a frog named Darnell…

“He’s female.

Genetically, Darnell is male. But after being raised in water contaminated with the herbicide atrazine at a level of 2.5 parts per billion—slightly less than what’s allowed in our drinking water—he developed a female body, inside and out. He is also the mother of his children, having successfully mated with other males and spawned clutches of eggs.”

One of the papers that this Harvard summa cum laude and Phd Berkeley graduate is working on will “show that male frogs exposed to atrazine early in life have feminized brains and tend to assume the bottom position when copulating…”

(http://motherjones.com/environment/2011/11/tyrone-hayes-atrazine-syngenta-feud-frog-endangered?page=1) Hayes and ten other scientists’ findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science in March of 2010.(http://www.pnas.org/content/107/10/4612.full?sid=9dff6c31-f0c9-4af9-b564-1bf8fa653e38)

“For the most part, atrazine is not removed from the water by conventional drinking water treatment systems. To remove atrazine from the water supply, a system would have to use powdered or granulated activated carbon filtration, at considerable expense (Texas Center for Policy Studies 1999)”. “The occurrence of atrazine in drinking waters corresponds with a risk analysis of surface water conducted by NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service) which identifies north central Texas as having a higher potential for atrazine contamination than other areas within Region 6.”

(http://www.epa.gov/region6/water/ecopro/watershd/monitrng/studies/atrazine.pdf)

There are 16 cities that have spent at least $350 million trying to filter out atrazine and are suing the manufacturer to cover the expenses. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/08/16-cities-sue-manufacture_n_490762.html)

Here is a link http://www.texascenter.org/txpin/atrazine.htm where…..

“For example, the free estrogen–the estrogen that is available to cells in the human body–is active at 0.1 parts per trillion (ppt). Atrazine has been shown to be hormonally active and toxic to the endocrine system, but the mechanisms are not yet well-understood by scientists. Is atrazine as potent as free estrogen? No. But the dose of atrazine in some Texas tap water has been found to be as much as 10,000 times this 0.1 ppt level.”

That link also has a chart of Texas town’s Atrazine levels. Arlington had from 1996 through the first quater of 1998 (how old were your children then?-mine were still in elementary school)… to have been detected 10 times at a minimum of .15 ppb to a maximum of 1.8 ppb. Dallas had similar readings, and Ft Worth had 16 detections with a minimum of .56 ppb to a maximum of 3.1 ppb.

Dr Hayes studied Atrazine dosed to frogs at 2.5 ppb (just under the legal limits) and found it can affect hormones and make frogs birth their own babies and make female frogs not want to procreate….I now ask “What have we done to the sexual identities and sexual preferences of humans while also lowing their sperm count?” 

 
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About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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One Response to Atrazine Formaldehyde Acid Rain Lake Arlington drilling laterals – Arlington Cancer Clusters suspect – low sperm count -…take your pick

  1. Steve Bronder says:

    On thursday july 25 Credo Action members have a meeting with Rep Eddie Johnsons staff.at 10AM @ her dallas office on Maple in Dallas.We will convince her to co-sponsor bill H.R. 2044, that would ban this poison Nation wide! Thank you for your service and keep up the good fight and come on thursday if you have time we could use your expertice!

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