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The researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln analyzed almost 275,000 groundwater samples collected from about 62,000 locations from two aquifers that provide millions of people in the US with drinking water: the High Plains and Central Valley.
The High Plains aquifer is the largest in the US: It spans from Texas to South Dakota and stretches over a total of eight states. And it not only has uranium concentrations 89 times the EPA's maximum contaminant level (MCL), but it also has nitrate concentrations levels 189 times the MCL.
The California-based Central Valley aquifer has even higher concentration levels with uranium concentrations 180 times the MCL and nitrate concentration levels 34 times the MCL.
The two aquifers irrigate cropland that accounts for one-sixth of the annual revenue generated by US agriculture.
Water from two aquifers in the US contains uranium levels that are significantly higher than the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) maximum contaminant level (MCL).
What's more, these two aquifers provide drinking water to almost 6 million people, and almost 2 million of them live less than a mile from the contaminated groundwater, according to a study led by two researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
originally posted by: warpig69
I saw this on the news this morning and perked up since I live in Nebraska. My mom had thyroid issues and so did a number of people in my home town of Gothenburg. This could very well be a reason for why so many people were experiencing issues. When 10-15 people in a small town all have to have their thyroids removed, something "had to be in the water."
originally posted by: rickymouse
They probably bottle it and sell it to everyone.
The radiation could actually kill thyroid cancer if high enough and if it attaches to iodine but can also kill the thyroid. I wonder if there is a lot of thyroid issues in those areas?
Uranium is used in Fracking too, as a tracking agent.