From: Jeffrey E Angermann <jangermann**At_Symbol_Here**MEDICINE.NEVADA.EDU>
Subject: Re: FW: [DCHAS-L] Chemists Without Borders: Bangladesh Arsenic Contamination Project UPDATE
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:55:27 +0000
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We've been doing arsenic work in the Shariatpur district / Dhaka region of BD for the last couple years. We generally see tubewell arsenic concentrations in the 300-500 ppb range there, but areas near Chittagong are known to have the highest levels in the country, routinely quantified at up to 2000 ppb.

Jeff Angermann
University of Nevada Reno

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On Jul 27, 2016, at 12:53, Alan Hall <ahalltoxic**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM> wrote:

Neal et al,

That's been going on for many years and it's not just Bangladesh, it's all of West Begal.  It is quite frankly the worst environmental disaster in the world.  Makes Bhopal look miniscule by comparison.  Probably 2-3 million folks going to get chronic arsenic poisoning and related cancers.  

Unintended effects.

An agency of WHO wanted to help with all the waterborne diseases that kill children and make adults sick, so they decided to drill tube wells into the most arsenic-containing aquifer.  There was some talk about sequestering the arsenic so the water would be safe to drink, but the cost was too high.  Yeah, I talked to them in the middle of the night and even went there.  12-1/2 hours time difference from hrere.  You find out sometimes you can't fix everything.

They tested the wells and painted the bad ones red, and then the local folk thought the water was sweeter from the red wells.

I was very involved in this for years, and I never found a solution. And as far as I know, nobody else has either.  You got to drink some water every so often, or die of dehydration.

And cholera and dehydration are not good deaths.  I doubt there is one, unless you reach old age and die peacefully in your sleep.

Alan H. Hall, M.D.
Meddical Toxicologist

On Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 10:37 PM, NEAL LANGERMAN <neal**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:



FYI - of interest to all of us




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From: Kasturi Kulkarni [**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Kasturi Kulkarni
Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 5:13 PM
To: neal**At_Symbol_Here**
Subject: Chemists Without Borders: Bangladesh Arsenic Contamination Project UPDATE


Dear Neal,

As you know, Chemists Without Borders has been working on several projects in Bangladesh to tackle the severe issue of arsenic contamination in drinking water, from well construction to education and awareness.

I'm very excited to announce that last month, the contractors for Chemists Without Borders finished the construction of a brand new ring well at Teriail High School near Chittagong, Bangladesh! Previously, students had been drinking water that was heavily contaminated and were putting their lives in danger. This new well now provides clean water for nearly 1500 students at the school.



You can find more information on this project's progress if you scroll to the bottom of our crowdfunding campaign, which can be found here:

Chemists Without Borders is now planning its next stage of high school arsenic awareness/education presentation and the replacement of more contaminated wells! You can make the expansion of this program a reality with your contribution today. The cost of our project at Teriail High School was $2500, only $1.67 per student... a small price to pay for years of clean water and good health.

For those of you who have already contributed to our crowdfunding campaign, we truly appreciate it! Please continue to help us spread our message by sharing the link to our campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Thank you for your continued support of Chemists Without Borders!


Kasturi Kulkarni
Community Outreach Representative for Bangladesh Projects

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