November 28, 2015

Hydrofluorosilicic Acid Origins

Hydrofluorosilicic Acid’s Phosphate Mining & Production Origins, Plus The Co-Contaminants

Actual phosphate industry photos:

Much of the  hydrofluorosilicic acid used throughout North America originated in the State of Florida, while some is also imported from overseas.  Phosphate containing rock is strip-mined.

This rock is broken up, placed in huge vats, sulfuric acid is added along with heat to cook off whatever phosphate plus contaminants are in the rock. As the phosphate is extracted, the contaminants used to just be released into the atmosphere; polluting the environment, harming or killing plant and animal life.

Due to environmental regulations, ‘wet scrubber’ chimney pollution control devices are now required to capture contaminants such as silicofluoride, lead, arsenic, and mercury from being emitted during chemical phosphate fertilizer production.

This water-based ‘wet scrubber’ hydrofluorosilicic acid, containing the contaminants, is then taken out of the chimneys and stored in open-air cooling lakes, further exposed to airborne contaminants.  Industry produces millions of gallons of this liquid hazardous waste.  It costs thousands of dollars per ton to properly neutralize and dispose of hydrofluorosilicic acid, therefore, industry would rather just sell it as ‘product’.

Because uranium is co-produced with phosphate production, radioactive cross-contamination of hydrofluorosilicic acid can occur.  It can occur in the open air cooling ponds/lakes from the local airborne uranium dust settling.  See the uranium reference on the sign (at yellow arrow).

See the phosphate production area airborne radiation detector (at yellow arrow).

Hydrofluorosilicic acid is drawn from open air cooling ponds/lakes, as is.  It is containerized in tankers, and shipped to your municipal drinking water supplier.  Hydrofluorosilicic acid remains contaminated with various trace amounts of lead, arsenic, mercury and radioactive materials.  It is delivered unrefined, and is not pharmaceutical grade, to be used as water fluoridation ‘product’.

Hydrofluorosilicic acid is fed into the municipal drinking water supply, typically without municipal testing for the various levels of contaminants contained within the actual hydrofluorosilicic acid shipment.  This is standard practice.  Only after hydrofluorosilicic acid is added is the drinking water then tested for specific maximum allowable contaminants, as the last step in the water treatment process, before you receive the municipal water.   There is no requirement to test how much arsenic, lead, and mercury were just added, only that the amounts in your water remain at or below prescribed standards.  So, ‘topping up’ with water contaminants can and is taking place.  No testing is done for the radioactive material.  No testing is done for silicofluoride either, based upon the assumption that all the silicofluoride completely separates out into fluoride ions and silica; the premise for continuing the use of cheaper and more toxic silicofluoride instead of more expensive but much less toxic calcium fluoride.

Then we serve it to our family and ourselves. Remarkably, the hydrofluorosilicic acid reaction within the water system and piping is also known to leach lead from lead pipes, lead-based solders, and lead-based brass fittings; still found in water distribution systems today.  Silicofluoride is also known to help facilitate lead uptake into our body and brain.

Those with tiny body mass, small liver, small kidneys, and a developing brain are affected the most by silicofluoride, fluoride ion, lead, arsenic, mercury and radioactive material.

Dr. J. William Hirzy (2000) Senior Chemist at the U.S. EPA Headquarters states:
“If this stuff (hydrofluorosilicic acid) gets out into the air, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the river, it’s a pollutant; if it gets into the lake, it’s a pollutant; but if it goes right straight into your drinking water system, it’s not a pollutant. That’s amazing.”

Rebecca Hanmer (1983) Deputy Assistant Administrator For Water U.S. EPA states:
“In regard to the use of fluosilicic acid as a source of fluoride for fluoridation, this agency regards such use as an ideal environmental solution to a long-standing problem. By recovering by-product fluosilicic acid from fertilizer manufacturing, water and air pollution are minimized.”

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act classifies hydrofluorosilicic acid as “persistent,” “bio-accumulative” and “toxic.”

Environment Canada classifies hydrofluorosilicic acid as a “hazardous substance.”

Transport Canada classifies hydrofluorosilicic acid as a “dangerous good.”

US Environmental Protection Agency classifies hydrofluorosilicic acid as “class one hazardous waste”.

Since hydrofluorosilicic acid’s inorganic silicofluoride, lead, arsenic, mercury and radionuclides do pose a threat when diluted in the environment, how do they not pose a threat when diluted in our drinking water?

Next time someone tries to tell you hydrofluorosilicic acid simply disappears when added to drinking water, ask them why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency believes hydrofluorosilicic acid’s inorganic silicofluoride, lead, arsenic, mercury and radionuclides pose environmental harm to living things when diluted into the atmosphere and into natural waterways.

Is this really the best we can do for our children?