Robbers in NYC Steal Cell Phones, Cars, and … Bottled Water?

Robbery frequents the streets of New York City, according to a couple of recent (and somewhat humorous) reports made by the Brooklyn Paper. In the July 6 report, a few robbers attacked their victims, stealing cell phones, cars and even a pearl necklace.

This one tops the chart: a man stole bottled water from a 13-year-old kid who set up a water stand to make a few extra bucks on a hot day in June. No doubt the man was thirsty, but really? Bottled water? And from a teenage boy! Not only that: the victim was beaten over the head before the suspect ran off with the water. Apparently, the robber didn’t know about NYC’s “Water-on-the-Go” program, which was recently launched to provide increased access to NYC water in public places with high foot traffic. Ten portable water fountains – faucets for drinking water and refilling water bottles, as well as for pets – are hooked up to and removed from fire hydrants daily in various locations, including Brooklyn.

Perhaps the man prefers bottled water over tap – which in another city might be understandable – but NYC tap water is known to be some of the cleanest around. What could have possibly been going through this robber’s head?

Teflon in Drinking Water linked to ADHD

PFOA, also known as Teflon, is a chemical found in the coating of nonstick cookware.

Perfluoroocatnoic Acid (PFOA), better known as Teflon – the commercial brand name given to DuPont’s version of it – is a chemical used in various products that have unique characteristics like nonstick properties and chemical and heat resistance.  If you cook with nonstick pots and pans, it is likely that PFOA is the chemical used as coating on the inside. While this chemical makes our lives easier in the kitchen by eliminating the need for steel wool pads along with the vigorous scrubbing and scouring of pans after a good meal, it is known to be carcinogenic to the human body. In fact, a recent study found that exposure to PFOA at elevated levels is linked to increased incidence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children.

PFOA was recently found at low levels in public drinking water supplies throughout New Jersey, including some near the DuPont Chamber Works site in Carney’s Point. The Drinking Water Quality Institute is expected to issue a draft recommendation for the maximum allowable level of the contaminant by the end of the year. In the meantime, DuPont will also attempt to “phase out” the use of this chemical in its products by the year 2015, according to its website:

“Studies have shown very low levels of PFOA and other perfluorinated compounds (PFC’s) in the environment and in the blood of the general population. Questions about this, as well as customer interest in product alternatives, have led DuPont to commit to phase out the use and production of PFOA by 2015 or earlier, if possible, and to develop new products and processes that are more environmentally sustainable.”

Luckily (and somewhat ironically), DuPont also manufactures a variety of water filters, should PFOA ever leak into your water supply. Perhaps Filters Fast will add DuPont to its product list someday…