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Children in California show elevated lead levels at rates higher than Flint, Michigan Comrade 04/03/2017 (Mon) 08:42:26 Id: 41a3e0 [Preview] No. 2785

By Glenn Mulwray
3 April 2017

>Recent data released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and reports from the Reuters news agency have revealed that children in 29 California neighborhoods have tested for elevated lead levels at least as high as children in Flint, Michigan poisoned by that city’s 2014 decision to tap into the contaminated Flint River as the primary source of drinking water.

>California’s hardest hit areas showed nearly 14 percent of children age 6 or younger with elevated lead levels, compared to 5 percent across the city of Flint at the height of the ongoing water contamination crisis.

>Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin that accumulates in soft tissues and bones, damaging the nervous system and causing brain damage and blood disorders. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no level of lead exposure is safe.

>The highest levels in the state came from a downtown Fresno neighborhood where 13.6 percent of children tested at or above the 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood that the CDC identifies as the level at which a public health response is warranted. In total, nine Fresno County zip codes in the state’s Central Valley showed lead levels in children at the same rates or higher than in Flint.

>According to a 2016 Brookings Institution report on concentrated poverty in the wake of the 2008 Great Recession, Fresno was the hardest hit city in the country, with a concentrated poverty rate of 44 percent, 19 percentage points higher than prior to the recession. Estimates for 2016 place Fresno’s population at 520,000 while the Brookings report classifies 254,008 Fresno residents as “poor.”

>Last year residents in Fresno began reporting a rust tinge in their tap water. Testing by the Fresno Public Utilities Department of 698 homes revealed the presence of lead in 286 homes with 119 at the 15 parts per billion or higher threshold, set by the Environmental Protection Agency, at which a water agency must take corrective action.

>A lawsuit was filed by residents of two northeast Fresno zip codes against the city of Fresno and two water-meter installation contractors alleging that the city knowingly switched from groundwater sources to surface water treated at the Northeast Fresno Surface Water Treatment Facility, causing their water to become discolored and contaminated with lead.

>The complaint says the switch in water sources from the highly mineralized groundwater to the chemically different surface water destabilized the mineral coating built up in the pipes, causing lead from the pipes to leach into the water supply, an outcome that the city was aware of based on a 1998 study the city commissioned to analyze the consequences of such a change.

>Also targeted in the lawsuit are Vulcan Construction & Maintenance Inc. and Measurement Control Systems, two companies contracted by the city to install water meters from 2008 to 2012.

>“As a result of the defendants’ failure to adhere to industry standards for the installation and connection of water meters, and specifically by joining dissimilar metals without taking the appropriate measures to prevent and protect against accelerated corrosion, the pipes supplying residents’ water, including plaintiffs’ water from the city, corroded at an accelerated rate, thereby exposing residents, including plaintiffs, to toxic levels of lead and other hazardous substances,” the complaint alleges.

>One of the attorneys representing the Fresno residents, Esther Berezofsky, expressed concerns over the findings in Fresno telling Law360 late last year, “This concerns me as another canary in the coal mine, and emblematic of an emerging crisis across the country with steps not being taken to protect residential drinking water and the deleterious effects that result.”

>Other areas that tested for high lead levels include neighborhoods in and around Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, the second- and seventh-highest GDP-producing metropolitan areas in t
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Staying on topic when you look at places like east Chicago and now here it seems that these revelations are only gonna get more and more common

By Julie Hyland
4 April 2017

>Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to condemn the comments by Michael Howard that her government would be prepared to go to war with Spain over Gibraltar.

>Howard, a former Conservative Party leader, was responding to the European Union’s (EU) stipulation that any deal reached by the British government over the terms of its withdrawal from the EU, would not apply to Gibraltar—a British Overseas Territory—without Spain’s agreement.

>Invoking Margaret Thatcher’s 1982 war against Argentina over the Malvinas/Falkland Islands—another British Overseas Territory—Howard said, “Thirty-five years ago this week another woman Prime Minister sent a taskforce half way across the world to defend the freedom of another small group of British people against another Spanish-speaking country, and I am absolutely certain our current Prime Minister will show the same resolve in standing by the people of Gibraltar.”

>His statement was made just four days after May triggered Article 50, officially beginning Britain’s two years of negotiations on the terms of its withdrawal from the EU. Asked later if he was “seriously suggesting” going to war with Spain, Howard said, “Of course not,” but added, “I can see no harm in reminding them what kind of people we are.”

>Upping the ante, Rear Admiral Chris Parry, a former director of operational capability at the Ministry of Defence, threatened, “We could cripple Spain in the medium term and I think the Americans would probably support us too.

>“Spain should learn from history that it is never worth taking us on and that we could still singe the King of Spain’s beard.”

>Gibraltar, a 6.7 square kilometre territory on the southern tip of Spain, was seized by Britain in 1704. With just 30,000 residents, it is an important military base controlling the entrance and exit to the Mediterranean and a tax haven that is home to 500 financial services companies.

>At a lobby briefing Monday morning, a spokesperson for May—who was en route to Jordan for trade talks—said that while the dispatch of a British taskforce to Gibraltar “isn’t going to happen,” Howard had been trying to prove the UK’s “resolve” on the issue. Speaking to journalists later, May herself attempted to laugh off questions as to whether the UK was prepared to declare war on Spain. The UK was “sitting down and talking” to the EU about the “best possible deal” over Brexit that would apply to its overseas territories.

>At the meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson—who had said the UK would stand by Gibraltar “like a rock”—stressed again the British commitment to its “sovereignty.”

>Statements by Gibraltar’s chief minister, Fabian Picardo, made clear that it is not sovereignty that is at issue, but the territory’s demand that it must not be excluded from any terms finally agreed between the EU and the UK. Writing in the pro-Brexit Daily Express, Picardo thundered that the EU’s decision to give Spain a veto over Gibraltar’s “participation in any future UK/EU trade deal is a betrayal of historic proportions…”

>Spain’s Foreign Minister, Alfonso Dastis, said that the minority conservative Popular Party government was “a little surprised by the tone of comments coming out of Britain, a country known for its composure,” and that “someone in the UK is losing their cool and there’s no need for it.”

>Gibraltar’s border with Spain would not be closed after Britain quit the EU, he said. Spain’s government sought only “a balanced, reasonable and thorough deal,” regarding workers’ rights and immigration. London is demanding an end to free movement as one of the terms of its divorce, under conditions in which more than 13,000 Spaniards cross Gibraltar’s border to work each day—representing 40 percent of the workforce.

>The European Commission has traditionally maintained a neutral position on conflicting Spanish/UK claims to Gibraltar. However, with Britain leaving the EU a diploma
>Should this fail, they insist that Britain should end all negotiations with the EU. As Parry’s statements make clear, they calculate that, in doing so, they would have the support of US President Donald Trump, who backed Brexit and has spoken in favour of the EU’s break-up as a German-dominated economic competitor to the US.

>Breitbart London carried an op-ed by Ted Malloch under the heading, “Brexit Is a Fait Accompli and Europe’s Acrimonious Attitude Should Be Toned Down.” Malloch, touted as a leading candidate to be Trump’s ambassador to the EU, backed Brexit, has supported referendums in other EU countries to quit, has said the euro will collapse and, equating the bloc with the Soviet Union, described it as “another union that needs a little taming.”

>Brexit “is no longer up for discussion,” he wrote, and, as Britain is a “sovereign, democratic country,” it alone should decide its future. In contrast, “The European Union is not a cohesive sovereign state. These are matters of fact, not politics.

>“Transforming the current international organization known as the European Union into a proper sovereign entity is the declared aim of many figures in the European institutions … it remains to be seen whether it can garner democratic support as an idea among the countries they wish to turn into sub-sovereign entities.”

>Writing in the Telegraph, Norman Tebbit, an arch Thatcherite, warned that Gibraltar is a “vital Western strategic interest” and he doubted “President Trump would see it as in the interests of the US for ‘the Rock’ to fall out of British hands. Already the Trump administration is questioning for how long it can maintain its commitment to the Nato guarantee that an attack on any one member state would be regarded as an attack on all while only the Americans and British are willing to fulfil their commitment to spend 2 percent of GDP on defence. We might therefore not be without allies in this matter.”

>Responding to Spain’s suggestion that it would not block Scotland’s application for membership of the EU, should a second referendum on its independence from the UK prove successful, Tebbit suggested “inviting leaders of the Catalan independence movement to London, or even to raising their desire for independence at the United Nations.” The “Catalans are different from the Spanish,” he wrote, as they “are an outward-looking Atlanticist people…”

>Two years ago, Spain signed an agreement with the US making permanent its military base in the southwest of the country. The air and naval base is considered a strategic hub for NATO, and is playing a key role in Trump’s declared war against Islamic State, especially in Iraq and Libya.

>Earlier this month, Spain’s defence minister, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, pledged to meet Trump’s demands that all European countries contribute to spending 2 percent of their GDP on defence. However, this would not be until 2024. A possible factor in the bellicose statements emanating from London is to thwart any possibility of Spain, following Brexit, replacing the UK as a key ally of the US in Europe.


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