Daily Archives: November 22, 2011

Climategate 2.0: Revealing more climate science corruption

Well, another slug of 5,000 emails have been released revealing the quality (lack thereof) and manipulation of climate science by certain researchers. Many of us recognized that something like this was going on. Climategate proved our hypothesis, and now Climategate 2.0 confirms the depth of deceit. Click here for more….

Massachusetts moves closer to socialized water service?

The Water Infrastructure Finance Commission in Massachusetts is issuing its report on how to address a $21.4 billion long-term funding gap for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Click here or click here for news articles.  So here is some of what they are thinking:

  • expanded bottle redemption fee
  • new fees on fertilizers and pesticides
  • assessments on building permits or port fees
  • a statewide water surcharge

Some how, they estimate this will generate $200 million per year. (I suspect this $ figure was pulled from the air, or maybe from somewhere else lower down.) If this is the best they can do, then how about considering:

  • weekly bake sale down at the harbor
  • raffle for 1 night lodging at the Boston Harbor Hotel
  • candy bar sale at the Harvard Yard
  • new exhaling fee ($1,000 per ug CO2 emission) for all students at Harvard and MIT, as well as all residents on Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod. ($5,000 per ug CO2 emission for all bloviating college professors in the state.)

Wake up folks. The more money spent for unnecessary government regulation, the greater the economic decline and the less money available at the state and local level for real infrastructure needs. Imposing taxes and fees to spread the wealth around for infrastructure does not result in long-term infrastructure sustainability.  Especially in a state that is already burdened with an unsustainable RomneyCare health system.

Drinking water and wastewater infrastructure needs continues to serve as the hammer of the political left (e.g., statist, social democrat, socialist, occupier, whatever…)….and socialization of water services looks to be the next step in Massachusetts…..infrastructure funding must be rooted in a sustainable economy…..

How to hack in to a water plant control system?

Now that this is getting more attention (click here) I’d guess we will see more of this activity…..

IRIS Update: Toxicological Review for Dichloromethane

Chronic Oral RfD Summary

Critical Effect: Hepatic effects (hepatic vacuolation, liver foci); 2-year rate drinking water assay; Serota et al., 1986a

Point of Departure: 1st percentile human equivalent dose: 0.19 mg/kg-day

Uncertainty Factor: 30

Chronic RfD: 6 x 10^-3 mg/kg/day

Chronic Inhalation RfC Summary

Critical Effect: Hepatic effects (hepatic vacuolation); 2-year rate inhalation bioassay; Nitschke et al 1988a

Point of Departure: 1st percentile human equivalent concentration: 17.2 mg/m3

Uncertainty Factor: 30

Chronic RfC: 0.6 mg/m3

Click here for the IRIS summary.

Click here for the full IRIS document.

Zhang et al 2011: Arsenic-contaminated cold-spring water in mountainous areas of Hui County, Northwest China: A new source of arsenic exposure

Q. Zhang, Q. Zheng, and G. Sun. Arsenic-contaminated cold-spring water in mountainous areas of Hui County, Northwest China: A new source of arsenic exposure. Science of the Total Environment 2011 Nov 15; 409(24):5513-6.

Abstract: Although pump-well is the primary drinking water source in rural areas of China, there are still 8.4% of villages reliant on cold-spring. In this study, a survey of arsenic concentration in cold-springs and pump-wells was carried out in Hui County, Northwest China. A total of 352 drinking water samples, including 177 cold-springs and 175 pump-wells, were collected. The maximum arsenic concentrations in cold-springs and pump-wells were 0.482mg/L and 0.067mg/L, respectively. We found that 15.8% (28) of total cold-springs and 1.1% (2) of total pump-wells had arsenic concentrations exceeding the maximum allowable concentration of arsenic in drinking water of rural China (0.05mg/L). Our findings show that 5 cold spring-contaminated villages are located in the mountainous areas of Hui County and 2224 inhabitants may be at risk of high arsenic exposure. This paper indicates that arsenic contamination of cold-springs may be more serious than expected in mountainous areas of Northwest China and extensive surveys and epidemiological studies should be carried out to investigate the potential contaminated areas and affected population.

Click here to obtain the paper (fee).