Time for discussion

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Letter to the editor

Greer CPW announced a series of public forums to discuss fluoride and get public opinion. What a great idea - to finally be able to give input about a
chemical that affects our bodies. The same can be said about chloramines,which CPW also uses in the tap water. It is also time to have a public forum about chloramine.

Chloramine is chlorine (bleach) plus ammonia. The CDC readily admits that urine and sweat (ammonia) combine with chlorine in pools to make chloramine which causes stinging eyes and breathing problems. By some form of magic, when you are exposed year after year to chloramine by the gallon with heat added, chloramine is completely safe according to the EPA. Everyone knows that people can react to the added ammonia in hair dye, yet the EPA gives no skin sensitivity warning with chloramine. The EPA has admitted that chloramine was not studied for health effects, and cancer studies were minimal.

Chloramine.org is a website that was started by the first anti-chloramine group, and it now has well over 100,000 views. Common complaints across the U.S. are red stinging eyes, red burning skin, abdominal pain with swelling, and trouble breathing after showering. Because of skin and digestive problems from chloramine, my family was forced to move to Lyman, which uses chlorine and granular activated carbon.

Charlottesville, Virginia was going to get chloramine until citizens complained about it when they heard what it can do to people and pets. The city held discussions, and people were told ALL the facts about chloramine. In 2012 with a unanimous vote Charlottesville said no to chloramine. If you are concerned that chloramine is hurting or could hurt your family, friends, or pets, ask CPW for a public forum on chloramine. IT IS TIME to publicly discuss chloramine.

Michelle Anderson

The Greer Citizen

317 Trade Street Greer, SC 29651

Phone: 1-864-877-2076

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