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Old June 22nd, 2013, 09:57 AM
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A representative for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation told a group of concerned citizens that complaining about water quality could be considered an “act of terrorism,” The Tennessean reports.

Sherwin Smith, deputy director of TDEC’s Division of Water Resources, made the claim during a meeting with residents of Maury County, Tennessee. Organized by State Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, the gathering sought to address complaints by residents that area water was making their children sick. In audio obtained by The Tennessean, Smith can be heard equating water quality complaints, an act of citizenry, with DHS-defined acts of terrorism:

We take water quality very seriously. Very, very seriously … But you need to make sure that when you make water quality complaints you have a basis, because federally, if there’s no water quality issues, that can be considered under Homeland Security an act of terrorism.

According to The Tennessean, several residents saw the statement as “an attempt to silence complaints.” One 68-year-old woman who says she “prays” before sipping the “cloudy, odd-tasting water,” felt that Smith’s message was, “Leave us alone. Don’t come back anymore. We’re not going to continue on dealing with whatever problem you may have.” An official TDEC spokesperson says the department is investigating the matter:

In terms of the comments made by a member of the Water Resources Division at the meeting, we are just receiving the information and looking into this on our end … The department would like to fully assess what was said in the meeting. I am told that the meeting was far longer than the audio clip provided by SOCM and that Mr. Smith actually clarified his remarks. But again, we are looking into it.

At time of publication, the Department of Homeland Security could not be reached for comment.
http://www.alternet.org/environment/...considered-act

I can't really come up with a good comment for this...
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 10:40 AM
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http://columbiadailyherald.com/secti...%E2%80%99.html different source with more details

the word terrorism isn't really wrong here, it's just not what anyone in america uses after 2001 to describe a water issue.

apparently the residents who made water quality claims refused water quality tests. i think the residents are stupid and the guy could've used a different word but honestly the stupid residents is the real issue here.
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 11:26 AM
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You can't really say these were unfounded concerns - The country has issued a large number of boil orders in the past few months. But to call these people who have concerns about the water supply - A supply of a substance that is required for all life on this planet to exist - terrorists reeks of idiocy and corruption.

Testing the water quality at this point is pointless though - The company has, since it issued boil orders, acknowledged that something is wrong with the water. Testing each persons water, especially after they have admitted that something is wrong with it, won't do anything - They need to find out just what is causing the water to be turbid or cloudy.
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 01:35 PM
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http://www.newschannel5.com/story/17...or-mt-pleasant
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/20...still-in-place

this is what i found and it sounds like the city issued these warnings, not the company.

if the residents need to find out what is causing the water to be cloudy then wouldn't a test solve that problem?????????????????????????????????
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 02:25 PM
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Once the boil order is issued, it changes from 'finding out whats wrong with the water' to 'finding out where the water is getting contaiminated'.

They have complaints. They know the area these complaints are from. They, as the water company, would have maps of what waterlines go where. Realistically, they had all the information they needed - Put the waterline map over a map of the city, point out the specific area's with the complaints, and they would know at what point the water is being contaminated.

Edit - Think of it this way. You've got a person bleeding out. Are you going to spend time testing the persons blood, or are you going to try and find out where the person is bleeding out so you can stop the bleeding? Your going to want to stop, or at least slow down, the bleeding first - If you don't, then your tests are going to be pointless (since the person will bleed out and die before you get any information from the tests)
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 02:37 PM
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you have symptoms of a possible illness. you consider yourself sick but you don't really know what's wrong. you go to the doctor, he says nothing is wrong, you pester him, he asks if you would like tests run on you and you say no.
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 02:45 PM
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you have symptoms of a possible illness. you consider yourself sick but you don't really know what's wrong. you go to the doctor, he says nothing is wrong, you pester him, he asks if you would like tests run on you and you say no.
He would have access to past test results.

He knows that your family has a history of heart conditions. (Past boil orders) He knows that you are overweight (Complaints) and have high cholesterol (Map of the waterlines). He should, if he has any intelligence at all, be able to work out that you are about to suffer a heart attack (Map out where the complaints occured, compare it to the map of waterlines - Find out at what point the water is being contaminated).
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lol The old lady that prays before drinking the "cloudy" water....DON'T DRINK IT! Sounds like a town full of idiots. AS for Sherwin Smith, I think it was just a poor choice of words. Still funny tho
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