|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||19 Dec 2004 19:44:40 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] perchlorate science|
Cost, risks fuel debate over safety|
Impact on health weighed against billions for cleanup
By DOUGLAS E. BEEMAN and DAVID DANELSKI Riverside Press-Enterprise (CA) December 19, 2004
The debate over the rocket-fuel chemical perchlorate has become a tug of war between those worried about the nation's health and those charged with the nation's defense.
On one side is the potential harm to the nation's most vulnerable people - newborns and babies still in the womb. On the other side is the threat to the nation's armaments - and a cleanup bill that could reach into the tens of billions of dollars.
Good science could settle much of the debate.
But the industries that make and use perchlorate have mingled politics and public relations with science in their campaign to convince the government that small amounts of the chemical in drinking water will not harm the public.
Industry groups contend that a level of 200 parts of the chemical per billion parts of water is safe for everyone. California, Massachusetts and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency say a safe level is 1 to 6 parts per billion. Many Inland water supplies have more than what state and federal officials say is safe.
For the entire article, see http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_perch19.5838f.html
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