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Environment: Chemical poses no known hazard

People who have expressed concern about dihydrogen oxide getting into Whidbey Island's aquifers may be well-intentioned, but they are ill-informed.

There has been no published peer reviewed research to date that shows any evidence that dihydrogen oxide in the aquifers poses any health risk.

Some people say that we should not wait for proof that a substance is hazardous because we have found out in the past that a few substances previously considered safe (like DDT) were subsequently banned. Such an approach is very impractical. We should be able to trust current day science to guide us, and not limit our options by guessing about future changes in politics or scientific discovery.

Past use by county crews of dihydrogen oxide and current use by state road crews poses no risk to the population, and people who are worried about it should get over it and sleep easy.

Vin Sherman


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