Originally posted by Pilot
So I attended the commission meeting tonight. There were several items on the agenda before the floor was opened to public comments. I got up and started my spiel and they made me sit down because I had jumped the gun...anyway-none of the commissioners seemed to have seen the report, the mayor assured me that "our water is safe" and I was referred to Dr Chu for answers to my specific questions. Dr Chu is the administrator for the city environmental services. She invited me to her office and I explained why I was questioning the report. She and the other commissioners swore if there had been any violations, they would have heard about it from the EPA, the EPA is really on top of it, etc. I think I got her to understand about the mrem and pCi/L discrepancy, but she didn't have a quick answer, she sent me to a website that basically confirmed my suspicion...the report does a bait and switch with the measuring units without lying, they muddy the water, so to speak. Incidentally, while I was in her office, I choked violently on a peppermint and had to leave the room for a drink...FROM THE TAP!
Dr Chu said the state only requires testing for radionuclides once every six years, and that is why they did not appear on any of the previous reports I had. " Hm, how convenient, " I said under my breath before the commission. The really funny thing is that in one way or another, all the topics at the meeting were water related, zoning restrictions, flood plain management for new housing developments, etc. It was of course all about how much $$$ was getting spread around-the safety and careful maintenance of this resource was never considered by those pushing the business interests.
If I can get someone on the phone at the state lab to answer some specific questions, I'll be getting somewhere. That is the next item on the agenda. The report pdf from the consumer confidence data does not list dates of samples taken.