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American Cancer Society Florida: https://www.cancer.org/about-us/local/florida.html

Community HealthBook: https://www.communityhealthbook.com

Drinking water data base: https://www.livescience.com/59935-tap-water-database.html
Facilities contributing to cancer hazards in Florida: http://scorecard.goodguide.com/env-releases/state-facility-ranks.tcl?fips_state_code=12&type=tep&category=cancer&modifier=NA

Florida hazardous waste health risk assessments: http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/hazardous-waste-sites/health-assessments.html

Florida Health Charts: http://www.flhealthcharts.com/charts/default.aspx

Florida Water Data: http://epa.gov/myenv/MyWater.html?minx=-108.28125&miny=17.47643&maxx=-59.50195&maxy=37.23033&ve=4,28.38200,-81.75800&cLat=&cLon=&pSearch=Florida

Interactive Map tracking nonstick chemical pollution across the U.S. https://www.ewg.org/interactive-maps/2017_pfa/#.WykGERYpCEc

ORCA’s pollution maps: http://teamorca.org/monitoring-mapping.html

Pollution information site: http://scorecard.goodguide.com/ranking/index.tcl A site that lists different facilities contributing to cancer hazards.

Radium Contamination in public water systems nationwide: https://www.ewg.org/interactive-maps/2018-radium/?utm_source=201801RadiationRelease&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201801RadiationReleaseGM#.Wyp9MRiZNZq

State Cancer Profiles: https://statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov/incidencerates/index.php?stateFIPS=12&cancer=086&race=00&sex=0&age=001&type=incd&sortVariableName=rate&sortOrder=default#results

Toxic air pollutants: https://iaspub.epa.gov/triexplorer/tri_factsheet.factsheet_forstate?&pstate=FL&pyear=2016&pParent=NAT

Toxic release inventory factsheet by the EPA: https://ofmpub.epa.gov/triexplorer/tri_factsheet.factsheet?pParent=TRI1&pDataset=TRIQ2&pstate=FL&pcounty=Brevard&pFips=12009&pyear=2016

Toxic sites map: http://www.toxicsites.us/


“Florida was projected to have the second largest number of new cancer cases in the US.” Source: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/2330443X.2016.1267599

“As of 2011, cancer is now the leading cause of death for Floridians, surpassing heart disease. In the three year period from 2009-2011, the total number of cancer deaths was 122,921.There’s an average of 100,000 new cancers diagnosed and reported each year to the statewide cancer registry, the Florida Cancer Data System. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately one third of the most common cancers are due to lifestyles – poor diet, obesity, and lack of physical activity.” Source: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/cancer/

“We’re very concerned about what’s going on in our state,” said co-author Chatchawin Assanasen, pediatric hematologist/oncologist with the Nemours Center for Childhood Cancer Research in Pensacola. “Clusters of this size are unusual.” http://www.healthnewsfloridaarchives.org/hnf_stories/read/should_fl_believe_new_map


"Dr. Amin’s statistical analysis of pediatric cancers in Florida – from the years 2000 to 2007 – concluded that there are significant cancer clusters in two large areas of Florida: the southern region of Florida and in northeast Florida. That struck one of the most sensitive nerves in state government." Source: https://www.counterpunch.org/2015/06/04/cancer-clusters-in-florida-the-silence-of-the-state/

"A statewide increase in pediatric cancer rates that started in 2005. Five separate research teams from the group Science and Public Policy analyzed data from 2000-2010. Although their methodologies were different, they were all attempting to detect cancer clusters in the Florida area. "Unusually high" cancer rates." Source: https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/researchers-find-pediatric-cancer-clusters-in-florida-042115.html

Map of arsenic concentrations in Florida surface soils. https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Map-of-arsenic-concentrations-in-Florida-surface-soils-Soil-arsenic-criteria-of-040_fig3_314800118

Why is Florida’s tap water prone to contamination? https://plumbingtoday.biz/blog/is-the-tap-water-in-florida-safe-to-drink

Florida May Not Be Testing Drinking Water Correctly, Says Government Memo: http://wlrn.org/post/florida-may-not-be-testing-drinking-water-correctly-says-government-memo

"A new study conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says over 77 million people spread across all 50 states have been drinking from water systems that violate the Safe Drinking Water Act..." Florida is #2 on this list: https://impact.vice.com/en_us/article/pg7wxn/your-state-is-probably-on-this-list-of-water-system-violators


View real-time water data from USGS which contains information about streamflow, ground water, water quality and tide telemetry. http://epa.gov/myenv/MyWater.html?minx=-108.28125&miny=17.47643&maxx=-59.50195&maxy=37.23033&ve=4,28.38200,-81.75800&cLat=&cLon=&pSearch=Florida

“Deadly toxic chemicals found in drinking water for at least 6 MILLION Americans.” Florida is on the list: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3731388/Deadly-toxic-chemicals-drinking-water-6-MILLION-Americans.html

Storm water fees... “What's worse than the color of the water is what's in the water," said Grant Gilmore, a marine biologist who's studied life in the lagoon for more than 40 years.” https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/indian-river-lagoon/health/2017/10/10/polluted-stormwater-pouring-into-st-lucie-river-indian-river-lagoon-florida-beaches/749161001/

Florida Legislators OK Plan to Dump Sewage Into Drinking-Water Aquifers: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/florida-bill-allows-sewage-dumping-in-drinking-water-aquifers-10159304

“The state of Florida wants to weaken its restrictions on roughly two dozen cancer-causing chemicals that can be discharged into its rivers, lakes, streams and coastal waters.” https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2016/05/14/public-blasts-dep-over-new-water-toxin-standards/84382154/

“The state of Florida wants to weaken its restrictions on roughly two dozen cancer-causing chemicals that can be discharged into its rivers, lakes, streams and coastal waters.” May 2016 article: https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2016/05/14/public-blasts-dep-over-new-water-toxin-standards/84382154/

"What's worse than the color of the water is what's in the water," said Grant Gilmore, a marine biologist who's studied life in the lagoon for more than 40 years. Source: https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/indian-river-lagoon/health/2017/10/10/polluted-stormwater-pouring-into-st-lucie-river-indian-river-lagoon-florida-beaches/749161001/

Toxic Lake: The Untold Story of Lake Okeechobee https://weather.com/news/news/florida-toxic-lake-okeechobee

Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against Florida Power & Light Co., operator of the Turkey Point nuclear facility, saying that the company violated the Clean Water Act by discharging contaminants from the plant, impacting nearby drinking water. Source: https://www.rt.com/usa/351360-turkey-point-florida-lawsuit/

Pancreatic cancer clusters and arsenic-contaminated drinking water wells in Florida. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/236062810_Pancreatic_cancer_clusters_and_arsenic-contaminated_drinking_water_wells_in_Florida

Finding a Water Filter that Works for You: https://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2013/03/finding-water-filter-works-you#.WyqP9xiZNZp

129 things EPA wants to test your water for: http://lists.dep.state.fl.us/pipermail/pharmwaste/2008-July/001766.html


Florida's Air Quality: https://floridadep.gov/air/air-monitoring/content/floridas-air-quality

Florida ranks 18 out of 56 states/territories nationwide based on total releases per square mile (Rank 1 = highest releases): Source: https://ofmpub.epa.gov/triexplorer/tri_factsheet.factsheet?pParent=TRI1&pDataset=TRIQ2&pzip=32927&pyear=2016

“Florida has the sixth highest number of hazardous waste sites, known as Superfund sites, in the United States. In 2016, the state was projected to have the second largest number of new cancer cases in the country.” Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170306145109.htm

Cancer incidence slightly higher near Florida Superfund sites: https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/environment/2017/03/07/cancer-incidence-slightly-higher-near-florida-superfund-sites/98821788/

"What’s causing cancer to be so much more fatal in one part of the country than in other parts demands further investigation.” 👈🏽Forbes. Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2017/01/25/study-cancer-deaths-vary-depending-on-where-you-live-in-some-cases-dramatically/#6fe2b1f42615

“For years, radioactive waste has seeped into swampland, canals—even drinking water. Now a few families are fighting to hold the polluters accountable.” Source: https://www.thenation.com/article/brain-cancer-rate-girls-town-shot-550-defense-contractor-blame/

“Dozens of EPA "Superfund" sites such as the gasification plant, which leaked dangerous chemicals into the ground, still exist throughout Central Florida.” Source: http://www.mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2017/5/9/superfund_sites_florida.html

The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) tracks the management of certain toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment. Factsheet for Florida: https://iaspub.epa.gov/triexplorer/tri_factsheet.factsheet_forstate?&pstate=FL&pyear=2016&pParent=NAT

Interactive Map tracking is by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northeastern University documents publicly known pollution from so-called PFAS chemicals at 94 industrial or military sites in 22 states. When the map was first published 10 months ago, there were 52 known contamination sites in 19 states. The map and accompanying report are the most comprehensive resources tracking PFAS pollution in the U.S. https://www.ewg.org/interactive-maps/2017_pfa/#.WykGERYpCEc

An enlightening look at the health of our Lagoon from Titusville down to Loxahatchee. Results are mapped to show pollution hot-spots which are then monitored by the Kilroy Network to identify pollution sources. Visit for a complete look at all of the mapped areas: http://teamorca.org/monitoring-mapping.html

Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today: https://blog.ucsusa.org/kathleen-rest/science-alert-to-epa-chief-pruitt-pollution-kills-people?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb


“Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute and 21st Century Oncology accused of gender bias, fraudulent Medicare billing and unsafe practices. According to the lawsuit, Florida Cancer Specialists and 21st Century Oncology paid “millions of dollars to each other in the form of exclusive patient referrals in order to secure their individual monopolies in Southwest Florida of medical oncology (Florida Cancer Specialists) and radiation oncology (21st Century Oncology).” Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2017/08/17/cancer-centers-accused-medicare-fraud-unsafe-practices/575242001/

Erin Brockovich: “Floridians... please check and double check with your Drinking Water Utility before using your water service again...”

Source: https://www.facebook.com/ErinBrockovichOfficial/posts/10159329199400494

Source: https://www.facebook.com/ErinBrockovichOfficial/posts/10158415402485494?hc_location=ufi

“If a community has to do a "chlorine burn" it is a drinking water utilities first step in admitting they have failed... screwed up... lost control of the water treatment process and water quality. During a chlorine burn... the water IS NOT SAFE TO DRINK!

Florida Department of Environmental Protection DIRECTIVE

1. The length of chlorine burns should be kept to a maximum of 21 days.

2. An event such as a chlorine burn, a switch from chloramine to chlorine, is considered to be part of the normal operations of a system for periodic maintenance.”

Source: https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FErinBrockovichOfficial%2Fposts%2F10160390884605494&width=500



FDEP data: http://geodata.dep.state.fl.us/datasets?group_ids=05fd7df30b9647439e5df6a1a610cd01



Public Water Supply (PWS) Plants (Non-Federal): http://geodata.dep.state.fl.us/datasets/1df064433629466ba40ac8efffd5eea6_1/data?geometry=-93.948%2C13.583%2C-77.468%2C27.918



Statewide Background Water Quality 1994-1997: http://geodata.dep.state.fl.us/datasets/5c1ac7e1b3f34a5181fac1949e97621d_4




Community Water System (CWS): A public water system that supplies water to the same population year-round.

Non-Transient Non-Community Water System (NTNCWS): A public water system that regularly supplies water to at least 25 of the same people at least six months per year. Some examples are schools, factories, office buildings, and hospitals which have their own water systems.

Transient Non-Community Water System(TNCWS): A public water system that provides water in a place such as a gas station or campground where people do not remain for long periods of time.

Source: https://www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/information-about-public-water-systems






The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is the federal law that protects public drinking water supplies throughout the nation. Under the SDWA, EPA sets standards for drinking water quality and with its partners implements various technical and financial programs to ensure drinking water safety.

Source: https://www.epa.gov/sdwa




Class I and II surface water classification. The Clean Water Act requires that the surface waters of each state be classified according to designated uses. Florida has six classes with associated designated uses, which are arranged in order of degree of protection required: Class I - Potable Water Supplies Fourteen general areas throughout the state including: impoundments and associated tributaries, certain lakes, rivers, or portions of rivers, used as a drinking water supply. Class II - Shellfish Propagation or Harvesting Generally coastal waters where shellfish harvesting occurs. For a more detailed description of classes and specific waterbody designations, see 62-302.400.

Source: http://geodata.dep.state.fl.us/datasets/surface-water-class-boundaries-lines


Contact your water utility. EPA requires all community water systems to prepare and deliver an annual consumer confidence report (CCR) (sometimes called a water quality report) for their customers by July 1 of each year. If your water provider is not a community water system, or if you have a private water supply, request a copy from a nearby community water system.

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