Toxic Firefighting Foam Has Contaminated U.S. Drinking Water

photo: Toxic Firefighting Foam at an airfield and/or military base

A small sea of fire retardant foam was unintentionally released in an aircraft hangar, temporarily covering a small portion of the flight line at Travis Air Force Base in California, Sept. 24, 2013. Photo: U.S. Air Force

The EPA has yet to regulate the toxic PFCs found in fire-suppressing foam, Teflon, and other products that have contaminated our drinking water.

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Where’s The Fresh Water Going?

photo: hands cupped to catch clean water flowing out of a spigot

Freshwater Is Disappearing; Can Technology Save Us?

Fresh water is the most important resource for human life on earth.

People can survive far longer without food than without water, and virtually all of our food sources require fresh water to grow or create.

Anna Kucirkova wrote a good story abut this topic for IQSDirectory.com and was kind enough to share it with McCombs Supply.

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“Wild, Wonderful” West Virginia’s Decapitated Mountains and Deformed Fish

photo: mountaintop removal by coal mining industry in "Wild, Wonderful" West Virginia - possible cause of deformed fish in the area

Photo credit: Mandel Ngan Getty Images

A scientist documents the poisoning of the state’s waters by the coal industry

I spot a mountain peak covered in dense forest, then another and another. But then, where I expect to see yet another forested mountaintop, I see instead a stunted plateau—a mountain whose once distinct peak has been chopped off, flattened and denuded of vegetation.

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‘You Just Don’t Touch That Tap Water Unless Absolutely Necessary’

photo: a hill town alongside a small river or large creek. 'You Just Don't Touch That Tap Water Unless Absolutely Necessary'

Rockcastle Creek flows past residential homes and businesses along Route 3 in the town of Inez, the county seat of Martin County, Ky. A giant coal sludge spill in October 2000 contaminated the county’s rivers for miles, and locals still don’t trust the water. Rich-Joseph Facun for NPR

Aleigha Sloan can’t remember ever drinking a glass of water from the tap at her home. That is "absolutely dangerous," the 17-year-old

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Farmers Face Tough Choice On Controversial Weedkiller

photo: Kentucky farmers attend training in the use of Dicamba herbicide. Farmers Face Tough Choice On Controversial Weedkiller

Photo: Farmers attend Dicamba training in Cadiz, Kentucky. Nicole Erwin | Ohio Valley ReSource

Jeff McGrew stood in line with about 30 other west Kentucky farmers awaiting certification that they’ve been trained to apply the herbicide Dicamba. The two hour session explained the Environmental Protection Agency’s new restrictions on use of the controversial herbicide.

The session left McGrew uncertain about whether to use the spray. “I’m undecided right now but … [more…]