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The Extinction Protocol

December 14, 2012CALIFORNIAScientists have discovered one of the world’s weirdest volcanoes on the seafloor near the tip of Baja, Mexico. The petite dome — about 165 feet tall (50 meters) and 4,000 feet long by 1,640 feet wide (1,200 m by 500 m) — lies along the Alarcón Rise, a seafloor-spreading center. Tectonic forces are tearing the Earth’s crust apart at the spreading center, creating a long rift where magma oozes toward the surface, cools and forms new ocean crust. Circling the planet like baseball seams, seafloor-spreading centers (also called mid-ocean ridges) produce copious amounts of basalt, a low-silica content lava rock that makes up the ocean crust. But samples from the newly discovered volcano are strangely rhyolite lava, and have the highest silica content (up to 77 percent) of any rocks collected from a mid-ocean ridge, said Brian Dreyer, a geochemist at the University of…

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Carcinogenic hexavalent chromium found in one-third of California’s drinking water

J. D. Heyes
Natural News
August 30, 2012

(NaturalNews) A third of all drinking water sampled in California is contaminated with hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen, say environmental groups in a lawsuit targeting the state’s Department of Public Health.

In their suit, the National Resources Defense Council, along with the Environmental Working Group, contend that the Legislature ordered the state’s top health agency to develop drinking water standards for the carcinogen by January 2004, but so far the department has declined to do so. The suit claims the delay is unjustified and is asking the court to impose a faster deadline.

“Made famous by the 2000 film ‘Erin Brockovich,’ hexavalent chromium is a known carcinogen and drinking water contaminant,” the complaint says. “At least one-third of drinking water sources sampled statewide – sources that provide drinking water to tens of millions of Californians – are contaminated with hexavalent chromium concentrations higher than those that the state deems to pose no significant health risk.”

Continuing, the suit says, “More than a decade after the Legislature ordered the Department to act, and more than eight years after the statutory deadline for action passed, the Department has not even proposed a hexavalent chromium drinking water standard. The Department presently estimates on its website that it will not publish a final drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium for at least another two to three years.”

Forced to act by the real-life Brockovich

The agency’s failure to develop standards is creating a public health nuisance and endangering residents and visitors, say the groups.

Hexavalent chromium is a heavy metal that is also known as chromium-6. It’s used in pigment and paint production, tanning, stainless steel welding and other things, and it’s been found in two-thirds’ of the nation’s Superfund environmental clean-up sites.

“Hexavalent chromium enters the drinking water supply through surface water runoff from industrial operations and soil leachate conveyed into groundwater,” says the suit. “People may be exposed to hexavalent chromium by drinking contaminated water, eating contaminated food, inhaling polluted air, and contacting contaminated soils.”

Coming primarily from industrial pollution, exposure can cause cancer, liver problems, stomach ulcers and lesions, and lower sperm counts, reports said. It can also occur naturally, however.

The state Legislature directed the health department to act after the real-life Brockovich exposed the case of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., which stood accused of leaking the chemical into the groundwater of Hinckley, a small town in the Mojave Desert about 122 miles northwest of Los Angeles, which caused health problems, including cancer.

On its website, the department said in a July 27, 2011 announcement it established a Public Health Goal (PHG) of 0.02 parts per billion (ppb) for hexavalent chromium, the so-called “Erin Brockovic Chemical.” “The health-protective level is based on avoidance of potential carcinogenic effects,” the announcement said.

Nevertheless, say plaintiffs, a third of all drinking water sources tested in the state have hexavalent chromium concentrations of at least one part per billion.

Plaintiffs to court: Set a date for compliance

“A hexavalent chromium concentration of one part per billion is fifty times the public health goal. Upon information and belief, many more drinking water sources in California contain hexavalent chromium at levels below one part per billion, but above the PHG [public health goal] for hexavalent chromium,” says the complaint.

According to the Huffington Post, the highest concentrations were reported in southern California, including in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Santa Barbara counties.

Plaintiffs maintain that the state health department could have met its 2004 deadline if officials had given it more effort than less-important tasks. The groups called the delay in fixing standards “unreasonable and unjustified,” as well as a violation of the state’s Health & Safety Code.

The groups have asked the court to compel the department to set drinking water standards “on a date set by the court that will ensure speedy performance of the statutory duty.”

The Environmental Protection Agency, by the way, has not set federal contamination levels for chromium-6, though the agency last year released recommendations for monitoring the chemical in water tables and is further considering whether to set nationwide chromium-6 standards.

Sources:

http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/08/16/49360.htm

http://www.oehha.ca.gov/water/phg/072911Cr6PHG.html

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The Extinction Protocol

 August 30, 2012CALIFORNIAThe southern California town of Brawley has taken the unusual step of declaring a state of emergency after a swarm of earthquakes rattled nearly 20 mobile homes off their blocks and forced a slaughterhouse to close, the mayor said on Wednesday. It is uncommon for quake-hardy California cities to declare emergencies due to tremors, but Brawley mayor George Nava said the earthquake swarm is a unique case because it has lasted for days and caused millions of dollars in damage. The cluster of relatively small quakes, which are caused by water and other fluids moving around in the Earth’s crust, began on Saturday evening and climaxed the next day with a 5.5 temblor, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The tremors were continuing on Wednesday and geologists say there have been hundreds in total. Nava said leaders in Brawley, a city of 25,000…

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theintelhub.com
August 7, 2012

BURBANK CALIFORNIA — Hundreds of tanks transported by train were filmed by a citizen.

**WARNING** – The following video contains foul language:

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The Extinction Protocol

August 8, 2012LOS ANGELESA magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck near the Southern California town of Yorba Linda for the second time in just over 10 hours on Wednesday, rattling the Los Angeles area, but no damage or injuries were immediately reported. The latest quake was recorded shortly after 9:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m. EDT) 2 miles (3 km) northeast of Yorba Linda, an affluent Orange County community southeast of Los Angeles that was the birthplace of the late former President Richard Nixon and houses his presidential library and museum. It was centered about 5.5 miles (9 km) beneath the surface. The earlier temblor occurred at about 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday in about the same area at about the same depth, and was followed by more than a dozen smaller aftershocks overnight, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The two 4.5-magnitude quakes were both felt as far away…

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RadChick
August 8, 2012

61% of people believe an event will happen soon, only 15% are prepared for it.

Tracks are shifting, sinkholes, sand geysers, bride collapses, gas releases…we have had NUMEROUS reports of high radiation levels in many cities over the past week…remember prior to the Japan earthquake huge quantities of radon gas were released from fault zones.

MIT article here: http://www.technologyreview.com/view/424033/atmosphere-above-japan-heated-rap…

How close do you live to a nuke plant: http://money.cnn.com/news/specials/nuclear_power_plants_locations/

It appears our crust is destabilizing…please post any videos or links to sinkholes, train derailments, or other anomalies that I may have missed.

Google Map of events: https://maps.google.com/?authuser=0

Washington State: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2180067/Roy-Rosalee-Ballinger-watch-h…

Sand Geyser/New Madrid Interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69JefpPAlxo&feature=player_embedded

Missouri: http://articles.ky3.com/2012-08-06/sinkhole-swallows-part_33070373

Baltimore: http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/region/baltimore_city/water-main-break-flood…

Brooklyn: http://www.wpix.com/news/wpix-bay-ridge-sinkhole-20120801,0,2386815.story

Philadelphia: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/2012/07/23/south-philadelphi…

Monmouth Beach, New Jersey: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Jersey-Shore-Sinkholes-Monmouth-Beach-14…

Cherry Hill, New Jersey: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48466502/ns/local_news-philadelphia_pa/

Atlanta: http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/sinkhole-closes-part-of-1489079.html

Santa Barbara, CA: http://www.noozhawk.com/article/073112_highway_192_at_westmont_road_sinkhole/

Louisiana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLcVmCEpF5g&feature=player_embedded

St. Lawrence derailment: http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/fatal-train-derailment-on-the-st-law…

Raliegh, WV: http://www.wvnstv.com/story/19189386/bridge-collapse-behind-raleigh-train-der…

and http://www.register-herald.com/todaysfrontpage/x44823996/Roadways-blocked-aft…

Florida: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bn5T2mUR5Zg

Florida again, a few…

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