More PFAS Toxins Spreading Globally & Court Ruling Paves Way For Media Giants To Merge

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Published on 29 Nov 2021, 16:10
Via America’s Lawyer: Heightened PFAS levels in the arctic signal that cancer-causing agents continue to seep into aquifers around the world, contaminating our drinking water. Mike Papantonio & Farron Cousins discuss more. Plus, the Supreme Court greenlights media mega-mergers under the FCC. RT correspondent Brigida Santos joins Mike Papantonio to explain how corporate consolidation of media companies poses an existential threat to local news stations.

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*This transcript was generated by a third-party transcription software company, so please excuse any typos.

Major new studies have revealed even higher levels of cancer causing chemicals in America's drinking water as well as all over the planet. As you know, I handled the first case ever tried dealing with this issue up in the Ohio river Valley. Tried, we, our team tried five of them in a row back to back. The, the defendant lost every time, that was, that was DuPont. But this case is really about 3M, isn't it? 3M made a product PFOS, PFAS, it's, it's very, it's a, there's a variation of the chemical, but it's all bad. It's, it's, it's all bad. The science is overwhelming on this issue. What is your take on what's developing right now?
What's developing right now, is we're finding out from all the most recent studies over the last 12 months is, is horrifying. I mean, this is an issue everybody needs to be aware of because we're looking at a situation right now where more than 200 million Americans, possibly all Americans, are drinking regular drinking water contaminated with these PFOS and PFAS chemicals that are known endocrine disruptors. They cause cancer. They can exacerbate asthma, make it more likely that you develop asthma.
Oh, it's worse than that. Causes birth defects.
Right.
I mean the case, the cases we tried up in he Ohio river Valley, I tried everything from cancer of the kidneys, cancer of the testicles, other birth defects issues. Here's the problem, 3M knew about this within the first five years that they made the chemical. They hid it from about 1955, up until the mid nineties, hid it from the EPA. Their, their own documents showed that they absolutely knew that this chemical that's used, it's ubiquitous, Farron. It's, it's it's, they use it on frying pans to make Teflon. They use it in clothes to make waterproof clothes. They use in Scotchgard. They use it, the place we're seeing it at the worst right now is military bases use it as fire control. In other words, they'll spray down an entire runway because a planes coming in and, and they'll, they'll, they want to make sure there's no fire risk. What happens with that is it moves off into the aquifer, and then it, it becomes part of the drinking water. It's right now, if we look at where this is, it's in the environment for 1 million years, 1 million years. So if it goes into a river bed, it's there for a million years, even if, even if the water is fresh, even if they try to take drinking water and take to filter the drinking water in a particular area, it comes back because it's in the soil that moves into the aquifer.
And, and what's also terrifying too, is it's not just what we're, what we're learning now is it's not just because it runs off and soaks in, we're learning that this stuff is evaporating with the water and that is one of the major ways it's traveling all over the world. This latest study from this summer was looking at water samples from the Arctic ocean, you know, not exactly a huge human population there to put this stuff in the, in the water and it's there. And it's there in alarming numbers because it's evaporating and moving all over the globe. And that makes it's regulation so hard is it's hard to regulate evaporation and rain.
Well, I mean, here's, here's the real problem, it's what we call bio-persistent. Once it moves into your body, it's bio-persistent, once it moves into the environment, it's bio-persistent. That means it stays. It's going to be there. It's by you, it's bioaccumulative.

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