Tuesday, September 23, 2008

epa won't remove rocket fuel from water

agency says health risks are low, critics say epa is protecting the pentagon from liability
epa won't remove rocket fuel from waterfrom cbs/ap: The Environmental Protection Agency has decided there is no need to rid drinking water of a toxic rocket fuel ingredient that has fouled public water supplies around the United States. EPA reached the conclusion in a draft regulatory document not yet made public but reviewed Monday by The Associated Press.

The ingredient, perchlorate, has been found in at least 395 sites in 35 states at levels some scientists say could interfere with thyroid function and pose developmental health risks, particularly for babies and fetuses.

The EPA document says that mandating a cleanup level for perchlorate would not result in a "meaningful opportunity for health risk reduction for persons served by public-water systems."

The conclusion, which caps years of dispute over the issue, was denounced by Democrats and environmentalists who accused EPA of caving in to pressure from the Pentagon.

flashback: epa: drink refreshing, delicious rocket fuel

update: US to regulate rocket fuel chemical in water

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