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<p>Mass media story on Environmental Working Group study documenting drinking water contamination with unregulated chemicals:</p>
<p><a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/26/contaminants-water-legal-but-still-pose-big-health-risks/510237001/">https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/26/contaminants-water-legal-but-still-pose-big-health-risks/510237001/</a></p>
<p>Data publicly available!  <a href="https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/#.WXiwvmeWyUk">
https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/#.WXiwvmeWyUk</a></p>
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<p>Five year study spanned 2010-15:</p>
<p>48,000 water facilities tested for 500 contaminants;</p>
<p>40,000 had levels of known or likely carcinogens exceeding health guidelines;</p>
<p>19,000+ had one or more lead detections over 3.8 ppb;</p>
<p>267 of the 500 contaminants were present in water supplies, many at concentrations that pose health risks;</p>
<p>93 linked to increased risk of cancer;</p>
<p>78 associated with brain & nervous system damage;</p>
<p>63 connected to developmental harm in children or fetuses;</p>
<p>45 endocrine disruptors; and</p>
<p>38 could cause fertility issues.</p>
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<p>Speaking of fertility, "Are we in a male fertility death spiral?"</p>
<p><a href="http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2017/july/sperm-decline-fertility">http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2017/july/sperm-decline-fertility</a></p>
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<p>Report does not recommend bottled water as an alternative.</p>
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<p>"Legal doesn't necessarily mean safe when it comes to drinking water," Nneka Leiba, Director Healthy Living Science Program for the Environmental Working Group.  </p>
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