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Arsenic in the Water

Evidently arsenic in drinking water is much bigger deal than scientists have long thought. Get a load of this Reuters report:
Arsenic can cause lung disease and cancers, even long after people stop drinking contaminated water, said Peter Ravenscroft, a researcher at the University of Cambridge.


“What is new is, the extent of arsenic pollution is much bigger than people realized,” Mr. Ravenscroft said in a telephone interview.

“There is a very important connection between arsenic in water and arsenic in food, especially where people grow irrigated crops.”

World Health Organization guidelines set a safe limit of 10 parts per billion of arsenic in water supplies, but tens of millions of people in the world drink unsafe water above that level, researchers said.
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