Which Is Worse? Sypher Scandal Or Poison Water?

Chromium in Louisville’s drinking water exceeds safe limits. Yeah, perfect water, all right. I’ll still drink the shiz out of it, so, take this complaint with a grain of salt. [FatLip]

Or maybe not. Cause this chromium mess is jacked up. Look where Louisville falls on the charts. [Environmental Working Group]

Have you read this story about spine surgeons reaping royalties at Norton? [WSJ]

The deadline to switch political parties to vote in the May primary is fast approaching: December 31, 2010. [BOE]

On January 7, U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Matthew Barzun will discuss diplomacy in the 21st century at the World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana. Well worth the $20 ticket price. [Click Here]

Mayor McCheese Jerry Abramson was honored for making Louisville healthier. [WAVE3]

Louisville isn’t in the top 25 best shopping cities in the U.S. No one is shocked. [HuffPo]

Check this Connie Marshall gem out, from her website: “I woke up one morning to a man stating, “They wanted to see some beaver,” in my bedroom however at that time, I was living alone.” [OH HOLY WOW]

Here’s Greg Fischer ringing the Salvation Army bell at Gay Kroger yesterday. No word on whether or not he was personable or spoke with people he didn’t know. [FOX 41]

The Herald-Leader editorial board is right. Jack Conway’s investigation of some for-profit colleges (not all, it should be noted, as some are solid) is a good thing. [H-L]

Wait for it – Darlene Price has joined Karen Sypher’s defense team. Bite your tongue, people. Bite your tongue. [WHAS11]

4 thoughts on “Which Is Worse? Sypher Scandal Or Poison Water?

  1. Bluegrass Motorsports? Pssht. The real danger is Oxmoor Toyota. I would actually be very happy if they were investigated. Horrible, horrible people.

  2. My — what an inspirational message from our new ‘leader’ on behalf of the Salvation Army — I can’t remember when I’ve been so moved unless it was when I took an overdose of X-Lax. Looks like we can all hit the ‘snooze button’ and wake up 4 years from now.

  3. Just a note with regard to California’s recommendation to reduce the hexavalent chromium limits for drinking water. While I have read the EWG report and don’t have a problem with the science, there are very few consumptive studies for Cr-6

    The known and biggest exposure risk from hexavalent chromium revolves around inhalation vs. ingestion. The Erin Brockovich levels experienced in Hinkley were 800-2100% higher than those found in Louisville. Also, since the Cr-6 can be reduced to less toxic Cr-3 form through encountering saliva and gastric juices, the actual impact is less known.

    That said, every decision like this comes down to a cost/benefit analysis. What is the cost to taxpayers and municipalities to reduce levels of Cr-6 to 0.06ug/L?

    Is the reduction in levels justified, or would that money better spent in reducing sewage discharge to surface streams or conducting additional free home testing for lead in drinking water?

    Like many of these toxicological and medical risks, we tend to focus on what is hot, sexy or in the news, than focusing on what is politically difficult or what has the greatest impact on the lives of the most people.

    For example, how many people have washed their hands in gasoline or stand next to their cars and inhale fumes while filling their tanks? I could argue that their exposure to a known carcinogen, benzene, through inhalation or trans-dermal ingestion is a far greater exposure risk than an extra o.08 ppb of Cr-6.

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