2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2009 13:47:13 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] PERCHLORATE: EPA withdraws Non-regulation determination
EPA still may limit rocket fuel in drinking water

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA)
January 8, 2009

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency is taking a second look at its decision not to limit the amount of a toxic rocket fuel ingredient allowed in drinking water.

Late last year, the agency proposed not setting a drinking water standard for perchlorate, which has been found in at least 395 sites in 35 states at levels high enough to interfere with thyroid function and pose developmental problems in humans.

At the time, the EPA said setting a standard would do little to reduce risks to public health.

The agency said Thursday it would postpone making a final decision until the National Academy of Sciences studies the matter. In the meantime, it recommended that levels of perchlorate in drinking water not exceed 15 parts per billion parts of water.


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