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and the second expects to hatch sometime this weekend. welcome to dc. i'm randall pinkston, thank you for watching, and john seigenthaler is here with more paris attacks is now under custody. john terret in washington on how investigators cracked him down. >> reporter: belgium's prime minister, confirms that salah ab slamebe be abdeslam last been in custody. belgian you prime minister jeanne michel.
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>> translator: hollanhollandei spoke with obama, obama asked me to thank all the security forces in our country. >> the arrest of salah abdeslam came after firptsd wer fingerpre found in a raid of a apartment. >> the united states obviously has significant resources and we have used them to help the french and belgians as they have taken steps to safeguard their country. so we're going to continue to stay in close touch with them on this. >> salah abdeslam was thought to play a logical role and part of
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the group that blew themselves unoutside a french stadium. his car was stopped at the french-belgian border but police let him go. brett mcgurk tweeted, we will never forget his and all i.s.i.l. victims. #paris. in europe too there's a sense that this is not over yet. >> translator: we recognize that this is an important step but not a definitive conclusion. there have been arrests and there will be others because this network is large in belgium france and elsewhere, until we have stopped all those that have participated in finance and helped this terrorist network that committed these acts of war on november 13th, this will not be done. >> john terret, al jazeera, washington. >> turkey and european union have reached a new deal.
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the deal sends asylum seekers arriving in greece back to turkey. neave barker reports. >> it is a deal that will affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of stranded refugees and migrants. a game changer in a crisis that has shake.the very foundations of the european union, after a morning scrutinizing the deal, turkey has agreed to play a major role in stemming tide. >> turkey will get all those crossing toie jeanne islands tos is a very fair and encouraging steps for refugees as well. those who are look for their future. >> some i think this agreement is a silver bullet but reality is more complex. it is just one pillar of the
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european comprehensive strategy, and can work only if the other pillars are also implemented. >> reporter: in the agreement new migrants arriving in greece will be sent back to turkey. for each migrant returned one syrian asylum seeker will be settled in turkey. 6.7 billion is the agreed amount. turkey wants visa free travel for its citizens in europe as early as june. this would come into agreement on sunday. migrants will be processed and returned to turkey. under the agreement as many as 72,000 refugees could be eligible for resettlement here in the eu but there is concern there could be a sudden surge of people trying to reach the eu before the sunday deadline.
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be while in disagreement about the legality of the agreement, questionable attitude to civil liberties and human rights. >> would violate european trade in human rights and the intrucial treatment of human international treatment of human rights. can you not exchange money for people. not proper medical assistance proper training and access for refugees to the labor market. it will be actually be nothing. >> outside the eu turkey summit here in brussels there was a demonstration by turkish protesters. the eu has accused turkey of using disproportionate force to destroy the outlawed turkish
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kurdish party or pkk. turkey know it has a powrl rolel role. he be neave barker, al jazeera, brussels. >> nuclear missile base in wyoming 90th missile wing has come under close scrutiny in the last few years, after a string of violations involving training and personal conduct. jamie mcintire has more from the pentagon. >> john, it is particularly embarrassing to the air force, coming two years after a drug and cheating scandal rocked the corps, aimed at the reputation of officers in charge of launching icbms. drug investigation uncovered a widespread scandal in which
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missileers they are called had been cheating on tests. not on the missileers but the forces who protect them, guarding the nuclear weapons and the missile fields where they are deployed. 14 junior enlisted personnel ranging in rank from junior airmen to senior airmen were involved. officials are not saying what drugs are involved whether it's marijuana or more serious be drugs, cocaine, wyoming is not a state that marijuana has been permitted and it is not permitted in the military. junior enlisted personnel have been relieved of duty and the air force says at no time was the security of nuclear weapons compromised and the investigation did not involve any of the officers who control the medicineman missiles.
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all forces at the base are subject to random drug tests but that's not how the drug use was uncovered. one man supported it to a superior and at a triggered the investigation. john. >> jamie thank you. presidential candidates are searching for votes in arizona, idaho and utah, where the voters head to the polls on tuesday. hillary clinton against donald trump, but bernie sanders says the fight is not over. david schuster reports. >> just days before a string of democratic contest that appeared to favor him, bernie sanders stepped before voters in arizona and was resolute. >> we think that the climate is a little bit friendlier for us. a path for victory. >> reporter: in order to close hillary clinton's pledged delegate lead, sanders needs to
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win the be races 58 to 42. but facing gop leaders donald trump, plus sanders has more fundraising and donors than clinton. >> up to the present we have received up to 5 million individual contribution he. >> that's a campaign record. so his campaign continues. in arizona with its large group of democratic latino voters, sanders is focused on immigration. >> we are going to pass comprehensive immigration reform and a path towards citizenship. [cheering and applause] >> maricopa county sheriff joe arpaio jails his inmates under
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the hot arizona sun and anti-immigration hard liner. >> arpaio why don't you pick on people who have the talent to fight back. >> reporter: sanders is also taking on republican governor doug ducey, who earlier this year threatened to withhold funds to any city who raisest the minimum wage. >> that's the bad news for you. we're going to raise the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour. >> in sharpening his contrast to hillary clinton, sanders keeps hammering her ties to some of america's most controversial corporations. >> we are not raising millions of dollars from wall street or the fossil fuel industry. >> for her part though, hillary clinton is now mostly ignoring bernie sanders.
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instead she's targeting donald trump. >> when he embraces torture, that doesn't make him strong, it makes him wrong. >> this week clinton picked up a nomination imormt from the arizona republic, the state's largest newspaper. quote, made her a better candidate. but the editorial added she has the mettle to be president, the sound judgment to be commanders in chief. still, even the paper wrote, the nomination race is not yet over. and with democratic proirks and caucuses in 25 states many of them seemingly favorable to sanders, hope springs eternal for his campaign. and despite the odds many progressives continue to feel the burn. >> for tuesday we're going to win here in arizona. [cheering and applause]
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>> reporter: david schuster, al jazeera. >> donald trump is the front runner for republican nomination but a recent poll suggests that in a general election against hillary clinton he would lose by a margin of more than 2 to 1 among young voters. roxana saberi reports. >> reporter: these three college students are proud members of the georgetown university college republicans. >> i know it's hard but just -- >> when they're done with a yoga can i answer a question? >> can you not. >> reporter: but they are not so proud what they have seen on the campaign trail. >> it's not what's the loudest on stage or the angriest. it's having the biggest heart and having the betts ideas. >> it makes the party look very bigoted and intolerant and angry. >> millennials, people under 35 will make up 35% of eligible voters in november's
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presidential election, more identify as democrats than republicans. a recent u.s.a. today poll suggests, millennials will vote for clinton overwhelmingly by 52 to 19%. more than one in four young republicans say they would defect to the democrats to vote for clinton over trump. if the general election were tomorrow and it's donald trump versus hillary clinton how many of you would vote for donald trump? he wasn't your first choice? >> no, he wouldn't. i'd hold my nose but still support donald trump because i think a trump presidency is still better than hillary clinton or bernie sanders in the white house. >> i don't know today who i would vote for. i think i can't make that decision before seeing how trump and hillary hold themselves in a national debate and national campaign. >> outsider, he's going to change the way government works now, i just would like them to rethink that notion.
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>> the three friends say this election season they've often had to defend the republican party to their classmates but they say this presidential race ask also serve as a wakeup call for republicans. >> we need to stop voting for candidates just because they have an rnc next to their name and vote for what we believe in. >> reporter: roxana saberi, al jazeera, washington. >> next up, lakes filled with pollution and how it impacts our food. and they served their country only to come home to a new battle, military illness. what's being done for veterans in need.
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>> a florida jury is sided with former wrestler hulk hogan in his lawsuit against the gawker. be a secret video of hogan having sex in 2012. a motion on monday will determine whether he gets punitive damages. researchers have found salmon in washington is state's puget sound is loaded with drugs. sabrina register explains how the drugs got there and the potential.effect on the food supply. >> when you eat that wild fish you may be getting a lot more
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than just nutrients. >> zoloft and prozac, xanax and valium. >> jim studies fish. he looked at what they call contaminants of emerging concern, like pharmaceuticals, personal care items and other items in effluent that flows out of waste water plants. they studied the bodies of young salmon. >> i didn't expect to see that much. especially the salmon, they are a free ranging fish. >> antibiotics were also is found in the fish and also cocaine. >> so here are the primary tanks. >> mike is operations supervisor at one of the waste treatment plants that flows into the bay where the water was sampled. he said the water is treated and
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tested and consistently meets state standards, contaminants were found in the fish. not all drugs are created equal. >> some of these chemicals are difficult for us to clean up. because they're designed not to break down. they're designed to stay in your system, chemicals like antidepressants that kind of thing. >> natureopath pathic physician. >> i still talk to my patients because you might worry maybe i'm not eating those fish or maybe the predators of those other fish. >> simon emphasizes, knowing where your fish comes is key. >> i promote it for cardiovascular health. that leads to what sort of fish should i eat?
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wild caught, where they are swimming. >> they move to open waters which is cleaner. >> why should we care then? >> for the ecosystem. a lot of these substances can impact growth. any impact to growth for them could, make them prey to biggers things. >> our delicate ecosystem at risk by chemical compounds found in our waters there's a call by scientists doctors and government to do more. >> more scientific research is needed, more monitoring is needed for the short term, the best step that we ask take is to get our treatment -- we can take is to get our treatment plants cleaner to a higher degree. >> sabrina register, al jazeera, tacoma, washington.
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>> coming up. boiling point, toxic drinking water in several communities in the nation. for tens of thousands, coming home from the battle, depression and other mental health issues. treatment is vital but often elusive. how can america's service men or women be helped? kim williams advocates for veterans to have access to mental health treatment. i asked her about the biggest challenge facing veterans and their loved ones who are struggling with mental health problems. >> i think there are a number of challenges. the fact is if veterans are coming home and they have mental health need and it's not addressed then it could lead to other challenges like unemployment, financial struggles, struggles with family and relationships. and so what we need to be doing as a civilian society is welcoming veterans home and getting them access to the
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resources and the services that they need, so they can thrive in their community. >> i mean given that we know this is a huge problem and we've known it for a long time through many wars, why sit that it appears that either the military or the government or the society still ignores it? >> well, i think that there's an understanding that this is a challenge and that we need to address it in in fact the va for instance has done work over the past few years to expand access to services for hiring more mental health professionals and peer support which is critical and running the veterans crisis line which is not enough and the va can't do it alone. we need our sifnl communities to stecivilians to stepup. >> why is suicide you such a
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factor? >> addiction issues, financial struggles, relationship problems and there are other factors such as the feeling of being a burden to one's loved ones or not having a sense of belonging. or having acquired means to engage in high risk behavior. and all of these things tie to something that's known as connectedness. and the fact is that when veterans serve in the military they feel very connected to their fellow service members. and what happens is when they come home they can therefore feel disconnected and isolated and it ends up putting them at risk. we need to create a sense of connectedness for them when they come home to the communities. >> do you think they understand what these veterans have been through? do they need better training? >> they absolutely do. civilian providers need to be equipped with the skills that
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they can understand what veterans are facing and they can provide effective treatment. >> what can everyday people do to try help this problem? because there are many people in this country that care about veterans, care about mental health issues but some feel helpless. >> well i think that anybody in the community a fellow veteran a family member a community member they can get trained so they can identify when a veteran has an emotionally need, provide them -- emotional need and provide them for resources. >> can you give us an idea how big the need is? >> i think there are thousands of veterans across this country that need access to resources. and the fact is we have a lot of resources. the fact is the resources aren't coordinated effectively. when veterans come home they have a really challenging time navigating what resources there are out there. as a community level we need to coordinate services at a hyperlocal community level so veterans know what's out there. >> what is often one of the more
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tragic scenes is to see veterans on the street who are homeless and wonder how they got there and why somebody can't help them. do you have any answers for us? >> there's been a commitment on a federal level and on a local level to end veterans homelessness across this country. unfortunately a number of veterans who are home vlless hae unmet mental health needs. >> they have successful taken it on right? >> the key is to provide housing. >> why can't everybody do that. they equally went out and found homes for people. >> that's exactly right. >> one santa time. >> exactly right. people need homes and a roof over their head and support around them to address the challenges that they are facing. >> kim thank you for sharing the story. >> thank you for having me here. >> coming up next our special report, boiling point, america's
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troubled waters, unsafe to drink and the problem is much bigger than just flint.
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>> our american story is written everyday. it's not always pretty, but it's real... and we show you like no-one else can. this is our american story. this is america tonight. >> danger in the water. >> what do we want? >> clean water. >> when do we want i.t? >> it, now. >> the water tainted with lead, dangerous chemicals even radioactive material. >> imagine what we have done to an entire population.
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>> the risks are mounting. along with anger. demands for answers. >> you did anonymity act when you had the chance. >> who knew what and when. when will america's tap water be safe to drink again? >> the damage that was done to our children! >> and what will it take to stop the growing crisis? >> we are the last line of defense! and if we don't do it, nobody's going to do it. >> tonight our special report, boiling point, america's troubled waters. >> water is becoming an increasingly precious commodity in this country. many of us assume the water in our homes schools and workplaces is safe to drink but a growing numbers of communities nationwide are dealing with major problems from aging pipes and infrastructure, causing lead contamination to factories past and present poisoning entire water systems. it's a serious issue and we
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shine a light on some of the hot spots and we'll talk about the tough and costly solutions. we begin with a crisis in flint, michigan. people there can't drink the water because of high levels of lead. on thursday it was the topic of a hearing on capitol hill. the star witnesses, michigan governor rick snyder add the head of the epa both faced intense questions that called for them to resign. be lisa starlisa stark reports. >> john, officials wanted to know why the state officials didn't ak more aggressively when the problems mounded. it was nearly a year and a half after concerns first surfaced until officials finally sounded the alarm and during that time there was a steady drip of evidence that all was not right. >> the testimony you're about to give will be the truth, the whole truly truth and nothing but the truth.
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>> reporter: michigan governor rick snyder an environmental protection agencies gina mccarthy both under fire for water crisis in flint tried to deflect blame for the lead contamination and the governmental's slow response. >> let me be blunt, this was a failure of government on all levels, local state and federal officials we all failed families of flint. >> while epa did not cause the lead problem in hindsight we should not have been so trusting of the state for so long when they provided us with overly simplistic assurances of technical compliance. >> but members of congress did not buy it. not acting fast enough after the city switched from detroit's water supply to the flint river to save money. >> governor snyder has been
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described as running the state of michigan like a business. well, what if this was a business? there's no doubt in my mind that if a corporate ceo did what governor snyder's manages had done he would be hauled up on criminal charges. >> administrator mccarthy you had the ability to act when you find out that things aren't going right in these systems, you have the compliance authority under law, don't you? >> yes, sir. yes, sir. >> and who was fired or held accountable in epa? >> well sir, you have to look at -- >> was anyone fired? >> no, sir. >> residents and officials from flint were watching the testimony and were just as critical as lawmakers. >> i think governor snyder is trying to act and play like he's really concerned and accountable. and he didn't really know.
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he knew and he need to admit when he knew and how fast he knew. >> look like they just dancing around the questions and the issues. you know rather than giving direct answers. >> governor snyder says michigan is spending millions of dollars and taking other steps to clean up the water and prevent a similar crisis from ever happening again. >> not a day or night goes by that this tragedy doesn't weigh on my mind. >> reporter: but that didn't stop calls for both snyder's resignation ... >> the more i lesson an listen e more i watch the governor i think it is time for him to go. >> reporter: ... and mccarthy's too. >> you did not act and if you do the courageous thing you should too step down. >> officials have refused to cooperate with the committee
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which wanted to do interviews and looking for documents. committee members have asked the governor to direct those employees to do so. john. >> lisa thank you. while michigan's governor was getting an earful in washington, day-to-day life in flint remains difficult for residents mostly poor and black. not only do they have to get by with bottled water in drinking and cooking and others worry whether health has already been affected. bisi onile-ere reports. >> reporter: outside on the south side the first sign of action. >> my mission is to totally get the lead out of flint. >> flint mayor karen weaver kicked off her fast start initiative, the goal to replace all lead service lines and restore safe drinking water in the city. thousands are doing what they can to get by. >> you ready? let's walk through the hallways.
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>> jaden sawyer is three years old. today he's among dozens of children in flint who will be tested for lead poisoning. >> you're going to feel a little poke now. >> reporter: for more than a year flint's tap water was tainted with lead. sawyer was among thousands who were exposed. yolanda stewart learns of her grandson's test results within minutes. >> i have good news for you. jaden tested 4.3 and that means he has a very low level. >> reporter: but others haven't been as fortunate. after the city began pulling tap water from the flint river in 2014 the percentage of children with elevated lead levels in the city increased. >> we're seeing a various range of levels. there are certain areas in the community that have a higher level more so than other areas. >> reporter: university of michigan nurse says the
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effects be show the lowering of a child's i.q. the contamination of water is at the center of a criminal investigation. >> children's brains are growing, still. they might be a little slower to learning certain things. >> residents in the predominantly black and poor city have relied on bottled water for months. yolanda hopes a resolution comes soon. >> i'm hoping, praying, that pipes get fixed and then i really believe in my heart that they're going to be all right. >> bisi onile-ere, al jazeera, flint, michigan. >> another public health emergency has been playing out in upstate new york. an industrial chemical linked to a host of health issues including cancer contaminated a small town's water supply. residents now fear the water they've been using to wash their dishes, bathe in and drink for
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decades is making them sick. paul beban is here with the story. >> reporter: joan, the town is hoosick falls, the problem goes back decades and it's going to take years to fix. new york governor andrew quomo has declared the town clean now, and he says progress towards a long term fix is being made but some residents are simply not buying it. they say it's too little too late. >> it is a quiet little town lots of green space there was ball fields and places for the kids to play. it seemed safe. and everything changed in one day. >> reporter: for months now michelle baker and everyone else in hoosick falls have been on an emotion roller coaster, ever since they found out that their
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water is contaminated with a toxic chemical. >> going to the faucet and get a glass of water you can't do that any more. >> a chemical used to make plastics has been found in the town's water. it has been loirchgd th linked d heart disease. be be companies in the be town used the water source for years. michael licky's father died of kidney cancer in 2014, and hickey made it his mission to find out why his father and so many other people in his home town seem to be getting sick. >> you know there's always been kind of a thought in our village that we seem to have a high rate of cancer. >> reporter: hickey started be researching cancer in teflon.
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in 2014 he took water samples from his house, his mother's house, two local businesses, and used his own money to have them tested. >> they came back and positive for pfoa. >> all four of them? >> all four were positive, but the two over the epa level was my house and my mother's house. >> whether it be thyroid cancer, pancreatic cancer, renal cancer, it was a lot of it. >> dr. marcus is the family doctor, 44 years old and is himself in remission from a very rare and aggressive form of lung cancer. >> are you convinced that pfoa caused your cancer? >> i mean could i prove it? you know 100% no. clinically, yeah, i think it has a lot to do with my cancer.
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>> reporter: so here you can see what might have caused the problems here in hoosick falls. that big green pipe that is a well head for the water here, and those buildings just a few hundred yards away that is a plastics plant that has been using pfoa for decades. >> after hickey got his results in 2014 he and dr. martin started be pushing officials not to drink tap water they wanted a full investigation and wanted the water cleaned up but they said the response was slow. in january 2015 new york's department of health told the town that the water level didn't constitute a health hazard but turning up more pfoa including a sample 45 times higher than levels recommended by the federal government. hickey and martin have turned to
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environmentalist for help. >> i've handled major tadges casecontamination cases around w york and elsewhere and this is one of the worst i've seen. >> in late november the epa said residents should stop drinking and cooking with the water. >> to restore the public's confidence in hoosick falls. >> in late january new york state classified pfoa as a hazardous substance and freed up superfund money to help pay for an investigation clean justify and the temporarup andfiltering. >> the former owners of the plant. robin greenwald represents the plaintiffs. >> it's always dollars, if you
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take your chemical and dispose of it in the correct way it's expensive. it has to be send to a hazardous disposal facility that cos costs money. putting it down the drain costs nothing. >> the stacks bake the teflon using pfoa and other agents and then vent into the air. >> as an engineer building that tower, i had any number of things i could have done to catch the stuff and dispose of it if we had been told that it was toxic and we shouldn't be putting it into the air. it wouldn't have been a big deal. >> reporter: instead he explains part of the stacks were cleaned in the backyard. >> every monday mortgage they would take the deduct work down and wash it, and let whatever was coming off of it go back
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into the ground. >> st. gobain became the fifth owner of the plant when it bought it in 2006. it has been paying for bottled water since november and has agreed to pay for a permanent fix. >> we'll make right for people of hoosick falls. >> when we asked st. gobain how the be company deals with waste, it said: >> flushing, is that going to be adequate? >> at this recent town meeting people in hoosick falls were skeptical, that the fix is in, banks have stopped approving mortgages and their property values have plummeted. meanwhile, fear and insecurity have spiked.
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>> will people be willing to mover to hoosick falls with a clean water supply or are we going to be labeled with a stigma that's going to kill our community as a whole? i hope not. >> the water is being filtered and officials say the system has been completely flushed out and the water is safe to drink. they are putting filters on private wells but the filters are temporary the pfoa is still in the ground and long term they have to find a new source of clean water that could take months or years and cost millions of years. >> we've been reporting on this story for months and morsz and d months so what happens to the people now? >> they acknowledged official that the pfoa is there, there's a class action suit, and all this will take time. people say we have been drinking this for years, we're terrified
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of the future. >> the company says they are going to make this right but they are still making teflon at hoosick falls? >> they use a different chemical, different molecular structure. but the same about it, we don't know what the long term effects are and largely unregulated. there are thousands and thousands of chemicals just like this being used all across the country every day. >> all right paul, thanks very much. eric goldson is director ever the program of national defense council, paint a picture for us. beyond flint, what does it look like in the rest of the united states? >> well, flint is an extreme example. we've got water contamination problems affecting literally millions of americans across the country.
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unfortunately, we just haven't made the investments that are needed to avoid people having to drink contaminated water. >> who's tracking this? and how good a job are they doing tracking it? >> well, it's primarily the responsibility of each state to enforce the safe drinking water law. but the problem is that the federal epa which is supposed to be overseeing this just hasn't had the resources and in some cases hasn't had the will to really make sure that the law is implemented. so we've got a lot of people in states across the country that have water contaminated by things like arsenic or industrial chemicals or pesticides or lead of course as in flint. and that's just often not being addressed. >> there is a concern about responsibility, but whether you've got companies that maybe don't even exist anymore, who do you blame? >> well, you blame the company in the first place.
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but ultimately the federal government has a superfund law and the states also have a role here to make sure that we clean up those sites, and we don't let people's water get contaminated or people getting sick or getting cancer or getting diseases. so it's really a joint responsibility of the state governments and of the federal government to make sure that's not happening. and in too many cases things are falling between the cracks and it's not getting cleaned up. >> i don't want to be an alarmist about this but how can consumers be activity that their water is safe? >> well, one thing we strongly recommend that people do is get their annual report on their drinking water quality. the people that provide the water, the drinking water to you are required under the safe drinking water law to give you a report annually and give it to you any time you ask for it, to tell you what contaminants are in your water supply. that's the first thing odo. >> there have been high profile
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cases but can you talk about cases you see across the u.s? >> we are seeing cases all over the country where we have got industrial sites that are leaking. there are actually hundreds of sites where contaminants from industrial facilities have leaked into water resources. a contaminant in rocket fuel called perchlorate, five years ago they set it needed to be controlled in drinking water. >> that's frightening to hear that there are chemicals in drinking water for millions of americans. the people of flint are up in arms. but a lot of people it sounds like a lot of people either don't know or don't care enough to get angry about it and do something. >> well, i think flint is certainly an extreme example. we've got very severe lead
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contamination there and nobody should have to live with that. nobody should be drinking toxic water of that magnitude. it's just truly extreme example. so i don't want to say that's happening all over the country. it is not. but we do have plenty of other systems in the united states that have contaminants in them that really need to be addressed. and until the government gets on top of it, people are going to have to fend for themselves, try find out what taments are in their water and demand action by their government authorities and by their water system. >> eric goldson it's good to see you thank you very much. >> it's good to see you. >> teting for lead in the drinking water plus a nuclear power plant poisoning the water in one of the country's most beloved parks.
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>> when painchts send their kid off tparents send their kidsoffm to be in safe environments, but most vulnerable to lead poisoning, babies and children, at risk. and 90,000 schools throughout the nation are not required to test for lead in water. newark new jersey, voluntary testing began when 30 schools were found ohave high levels of lead in water fountains. starting this weekend, the water in all newark city schools will be checked. >> the city intern pointing out that their school system has been under state control for 20 years. parents blaming both for not act sooner. but now the action that those
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parents want seems to be underway. a week after officials in newark, new jersey announced they were shutting down water fountains and faucets. >> our students health is in jeopardy. >> officials suggested kids might want to get tested for lead poisoning. now state says it will provide testing for 17,000 students who might have been exposed. be testing began at newark city schools, doctors say that is wise. >> the younger the child the more likely the lead is going to deposit in them. >> newark new jersey mayor says: >> there is nothing wrong with newark's water but something wrong with our infrastructure. >> the rusted pipes are whoom
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years olwhooundyearswhun100year. >> don't allow my child to continue drinking poison while you're waiting for assistance. >> reporter: he madam these picturemadamsnapped thesepictur. >> stop my child first and then go get help. >> state and local officials continue to insist the lead levels in water have not been high enough to cause any serious health problems. officials in newark said they took action to combat this lead in the water issue when they first became waw aware of it ate end of february. but a memo advised officials to let water run for 30 seconds
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before drinking. the school district extent memo in 2014. john. >> john henry, thank you. in south florida, threr concerns abouthere isconcern abr plant. jonathan betz reports. >> reporter: it seems an unlikely pairing: next to one of america's most prized national parks is one of florida's few nuclear power plants. >> you really couldn't find a worst place to pick to put a nuclear power plant. >> 25 miles south of miami, turkey point provides power to nearly a million homes across south florida. >> sounds like you're worried about losing. >> yes, very. i'm very concerned. the park as you can see is -- the water quality is just really great. we want to keep it that way.
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>> critics say the 40-year-old plant is showing its age. for years, the warm salty slightly radioactive water last been seeping into the surrounding groundwater and biscayne bay, jeopardizing drinking water, critics fear and the environment. >> when you have nutrients in biscayne bay, you can trigger algae bloom and the nutrients there. >> tritium was found in biscayne bay 200 times higher than normal. although well within the bounds of what scientists consider safe. last month the judge blasted the cleanup plans. >> this is fp and l's problem. it is up to them to make sure the power plant does not contaminate the surrounding
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environment. i don't think we're satisfied with what fp and l has done. >> while insisting the plant is not a danger to the public. >> we'll continue to evaluate data, to continue to take actions and to continue to improve canal conditions at the plant. >> without conditions, the plant will continue leaking right next to america's national treasures. jonathan betz. al jazeera, homestead, florida. >> that is our program. "ali velshi on target" is next.
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on target tonight robots in >> i'm ali velshi. "on target" tonight. robots in the workplace. cyber war between nations and designer babies our digital future and how it will change the way we live. get ready because the future is coming. how many times have you heard that? now you're going to hear a lot about a so-called fourth industrial revolution. that's already upon us by the way. this revolution will undo the