Beneath Still Waters

Is our water safe On August 17th, 2002 Weeneebayko General Hospital took river water samples along the shoreline of Moose Factory Island. The water samples analyzed contained several compounds that exceeded the Canadian Enviromental Quality Guidelines. Ten compounds in all, exceeded normal levels. This poses a serious risk to our health. The analysis detected high levels of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) which are CANCER causing substances. The reason these compounds are at such high levels can be scientifically linked to gas bleeding into our waters. This effects our entire community. Appropriate action needs to be taken to enable the provision of safe drinking water for our community. We the undersigned, are asking our leaders and community organizations to launch an investigation into the quality of our drinking water. Stringent testing must be done and the results made public so that we can be aware if there are serious dangers to our health and the well-being of our children, families, friends, community. Water is a basic need for life. It is the lifeblood that runs through all living things. We are entitled and should expect the quality of our water supply to be made a priority. In response to this petition we are asking that a public notice be made and regular updates to inform the community of which course of action will be taken to resolve this issue. For your support in this matter, Meegwetch.

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This petition/cause is intended to promote awareness to this serious issue. A copy of the actual WGH water analysis can be found in the Moose Cree Education Comprehensive Report or a copy can be made available to you by e-mailing beneathstillwaters@mail.com ****UPDATE**** WGH recently posted a press release assuring the public that \"everything is fine\" according to recent tests from our water plant. I would just like to note that on page nine of the water analysis it states that \"Chemical standards ONLY include benzo(a)pyrene of the PAH compounds listed above. Therefore it is likely that PAH chemicals WOULD BE UNDETECTED by testing under the current provincial standards.\" Which would mean that the current testing being done at our water plant would not show/detect these dangerous PAH compounds. Assurance that \'everything is fine\' cannot be accepted until further testing is done. The water analysis that this petition is based on clearly shows that these dangerous compounds have been detected in the waters surrounding Moose Factory Island and this poses a real threat to our drinking water. \"If untreated, this would be flowing into our drinking water.\" (also found on pg.9) When I first came across this water analysis the word carcinogenic jumped out at me...when I looked it up and I found it meant cancer-causing I spent a lot of time researching the compounds and the health risks involved. I was shocked that there was no public notice made to inform the community. I initated this petition as a concerned community member and as a mom. Even if there is the slightest risk to our health than doesn\'t that deserved to be thoroughly looked into I stand firm behind this petition and feel that it is justified. Thank-you to all those that have signed. More and more are signing everyday...making this campaign stronger and will ensure that we will be heard and action will be taken to address the situation.

Links

www.hc-sc.gc.ca Health Canada www.ec.gc.ca Environmental Canada www.discoveryhealth.com www.safewater.org

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