Even if you don’t live in Japan, on the US west coast, or in other nearby areas that have been affected by radioactive particles from the recent earthquake disaster, you may still be in danger of radioactive waste.
Perhaps you recall a post we did last year on the movie GASLAND, a documentary on the dangers of natural gas drilling. Director Josh Fox traveled to parts of Texas, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming, and revealed in his film horrific truths about how the natural gas industry is poisoning our water and air, causing chronic illnesses among residents in drilling areas. Some residents featured in the film were even able to light their tap water on fire. If you’ve seen this Oscar-nominated film, you may already be aware that the wastewater produced from natural gas drilling – also called hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ for short – contains radioactive materials like radium and uranium that occur naturally in deep rock formations, at levels way higher than is safe for wastewater treatment plants to handle. Unreported, confidential studies by both the EPA and the drilling industry have concluded that the radioactivity in drilling waste cannot be fully diluted in waterways, thus increasing the possibility that it ends up in our drinking water.
Natural gas drilling companies are exempt from many of the federal environmental laws that were written to protect our air and water supplies from radioactive chemicals. What’s more, they target locals in areas that are rich in natural gas, and offer to pay them thousands in exchange for drilling rights that force these residents to keep quiet about their experience, and prevent them from bringing any lawsuits. $100,000 is a lot of money, so most of these people blindly accept the offer, not knowing that soon after they might be gulping gasoline.
If you’ve been a victim of this scheme, you may want to invest in a water filtration system that removes radioactive particles. Katadyn emergency water filters are used by militaries and disaster relief organizations during environmental disasters where access to safe drinking water is scarce. While it may not fully protect you from the threat of radioactivity, as we’ve mentioned before, you can never be too careful.
If you’ve recently discovered that you can light your tap water on fire, purchase a Katadyn emergency water filter, run your home’s water through it, and see what happens. If it filters out the flammable substances, then send us a video, and we will feature you in our Filters Fast “Will it Filter” video series.