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Pilot Project for

Testing Aluminum Levels in Air, Water, & Soil


Resolution passed at State Guild Convention, October 12-14, 2017, in Oroville, CA


Whereas: Aluminum and barium air pollution is epidemiologically associated with Alzheimer's disease, lung cancer, risk for stroke, risk for cardiovascular disease, lung inflammation and diabetes, reduced renal function in older males, morbidity and premature mortality, decreased male fertility, low birth weight, onset of asthma, and increased hospital admissions; and


Whereas: Aluminum and barium are toxic to most biota. Aluminum, for example, is toxic to plants, invertebrates, fish, and wildlife and aluminum is associated with and implicated in human neurological diseases, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Aluminum is similarly involved in neurological disorders of bees, rats, rabbits and presumably other creatures; and


Whereas:  Some scientists and experts believe the higher levels of aluminum in modern times is the reason why fire fighters are not able to rapidly extinguish forest fires in the U.S. Aluminum is a conductive substance causing fires to ignite from heat and burn hotter and faster; and


Whereas:  Evidence indicates that in recent decades nano-particulates of aluminum have polluted grasslands and forests; and


Whereas:  There is evidence that aluminum changes the soil pH, therefore, causing trees to die at an alarming rate; and


Whereas:  Aluminum and barium levels in surface water, snow, and soil are rising above long-stable background levels established in the 1940s which suggests this aluminum and barium are falling from the sky into the environment. Our goal is to gather data that later could reveal the source of these pollutants; and


Whereas:  Aluminum is implicated for sending many people to the hospital with respiratory distress, in the death of hundreds of thousands of trees, as a catalyst for forest fires, and it will pollute the soil of many more farms; therefore let it be


Resolved:  The California Guild promotes legislation to mandate that the California Environmental Protection Agency (CAL-EPA), working with the California Air Resources Board, the California Water Resources Board and the California Parks and Recreation Department, create a reasonable test schedule for four types of test to gather data in 12 counties as a pilot project. First, each county would test the air for aluminum and barium each month, when possible within 12 hours before rain is expected to occur;


Resolved:  A second type of test would sample water from three lakes (or ponds, i.e. bodies of surface water with no outlet) per county, each tested twice a year and be it further;  


Resolved:  A third type of test would find the aluminum and barium content of rain water, which would be collected in straight-sided glass gallon containers during 6 rain storms or showers per year (a pint of water is needed per test) and be it further;


Resolved:  A fourth type of test would find the aluminum and barium content of soil exposed to the sky paired with a test of soil from the same lot but from under the residence (i.e. not exposed to the sky) which was built before 1977. Each county would run 12 such tests and be it further;  


Resolved:  The results would be promptly posted and easily accessible at the Cal EPA website and also at each county's public health website and be it further;


Resolved:  Any and all other aluminum and barium tests of air, rain, lake/pond water, and soil would also be reported and be it further;


Resolved:  The California Guild and their halls strongly recommend the CAL-EPA to create safety regulations and mitigation practices for any situation in which the aluminum and barium content exceeds the Cal EPA’s MCL (maximum contamination level). 


Recommended counties for the pilot project:


Alameda 1,600,000

Butte                           225,000

Contra Costa         1,125,000

Fresno                    1,000,000

Humboldt                  135,000

Kern                            900,000

Mendocino                  88,000

Sacramento            1,500,000

San Diego              3,300,000

Santa Barbara           445,000

Shasta                         180,000

Sonoma                     500,000

                                9,998,000 (about 25% of the total population for the state of 39,000,000)