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Group warns of poop in Missouri State Parks water systems

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If you’re visiting a Missouri State Park soon, don’t drink the water.

That’s the takeaway from a request for enforcement filed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), which warned of “chronic” violations of clean water standards in several public drinking water systems, according to a Thursday report in The Riverfront Times.

The group said that testing has revealed the presence of coliform bacteria, along with E. coli. Encyclopedia Britannica says that coliform bacterial levels are typically used as the standard measurement for “evidence of recent human fecal contamination of water supplies.”

PEER’s letter (PDF) says that Missouri officials knew about more than a dozen clean water violations in the parks since 2010, but have failed to act. The most severe violations occurred as recently as 2012 in Camp Derricotte just northwest of St. Louis, they added.

But the problem goes back further than just 2010, PEER added. “A report released by the Missouri State Auditor in 2004 found ‘numerous incidents where the state parks had not complied with federal and state drinking water regulations or division water testing policies, and therefore could not be assured that park visitors were provided water safe for consumption,'” they noted.

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“Now is the time to address the safety of park water systems before many of them reopen to the public this spring,” PEER attorney Kathryn Douglass said in an advisory.
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Democrat moves to impeach Trump immediately following House condemning president’s racism

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Immediately following the House of Representatives voting to condemn racist remarks by President Donald Trump, a Democrat introduced a privileged motion to impeach the president.

Rep. Al Green (D-TX) gave an impassioned speech to begin impeachment proceedings for Trump committing high crimes and misdemeanors.

"Therefore, Donald John Trump, by causing such harm to the society of the United States, is unfit to be president and warrants impeachment, trial and removal from office," he said.

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Trump ‘reached into the Genesis chapter of the bigot’s bible’ to attack the Squad: journalist

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On Tuesday, journalist Jamil Smith wrote a column scorching President Donald Trump's attacks on "The Squad," as an act of utmost bigotry — and narcissism.

"Trump would surely love to run against these four women in 2020 rather than an actual opponent, positioning them all as racial bogeymen," wrote Smith. "It's a royal flush for his racist campaign: two black women, including one who wears a hijab and is a Somali refugee; a boricua from the Bronx; and a first-generation Palestinian-American from Detroit."

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House of Representatives votes for resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s racism

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President Donald Trump was condemned by the House of Representatives on Tuesday for his racist attacks on young women of color in Congress.

The resolution was passed with the support of every Democrat. The final vote was 240-187.

The text said "Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color."

The resolved that the body "strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,” and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America."

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