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This talk focuses only on human health issues associated with potable drinking water, and not the myriad consequences to soil biology, fish and other aquatic organisms resulting from human water contamination. Material presented here is supported by research evidence in the PDFs and hyperlinks below. We gratefully acknowledge the City of Sunset Valley for sharing the recorded audio and video files with us.
U.S. EPA: Drinking Water Contaminants. Includes list of contaminants and their concentrations.
The Case Against Fluoride by Drs Paul Connet, James Beck and Spedding Micklem
The negative health effects of chlorine. CBS Interactive Business Network.
“Bladder Cancer and Exposure to Water Disinfection By-Products through Ingestion, Bathing, Showering and Swimming in Pools.” Villanueva, Cristina and others. American Journal of Epidemiology, Volume 165, Issue 2, pp. 148 to 156.
“Disinfection byproducts and bladder cancer: a pooled analysis.” Epidemiology.
Austin’s Drinking Water. City of Austin, Austin Drinking Water Quality: 2010 Report
Water providers and researchers rarely release full test results to the public. Associated Press Archive, March 10, 2008. By MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer.
PharmaWater – Small Cities. Associated Press Archive, March 9, 2008. By The Associated Press.
PharmaWater II. Associated Press Archive, March 10, 2008. By JEFF DONN, MARTHA MENDOZA and JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press Writers.
PharmaWater I-ABRIDGED. Associated Press Archive, March 9, 2008.
Drug traces turn up in source waters for nation’s biggest city. Associated Press Archive, March 9, 2008. By JEFF DONN, AP National Writer.
Around the world, research shows pharmaceuticals in water could impact human cells. Associated Press Archive, March 9, 2008. By JEFF DONN, AP National Writer.
The ins and outs of drug metabolism. Associated Press Archive, March 9, 2008. By The Associated Press.
Pharmaceuticals found in drinking water of 24 major metro areas, 34 say no testing. Associated Press Archive, March 9, 2008. By The Associated Press.
The urgent need for a new MCL and MCLG that is protective of public health. Comments to US EPA In response to: Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 59, March 29, 2010. June 1, 2010. Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0747. Submitted by Paul Connett, Ph.D., Director, Fluoride Action Network.
Trihalomethanes: Health Information Summary. Environmental Factsheet, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.
Comments on the Benefits and Safety of Water Fluoridation. Prepared for the Austin City Council, May 14, 2010, Kathleen M. Thiessen, Ph.D., SENES Oak Ridge, Inc., Center for Risk Analysis.
Comments on Proposed HHS Recommendation for Fluoride Concentration in Drinking Water for Prevention of Dental Caries. Prepared for the Department of Health and Human Services, February 14, 2011. Submitted at the request of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), Kathleen M. Thiessen, Ph.D., SENES Oak Ridge, Inc., Center for Risk Analysis.