2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 15:47:28 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Re: [CPEO-MEF] (Correct URL for) PERCHLORATE: The debate over regulation
Sorry, the first time I pasted the wrong URL. It should be
http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2009/08/06/06greenwire-new-findings-spur-epa-to-rethink-perchlorate-r-77227.html - LS

New Findings Spur EPA to Rethink Perchlorate Regulation

New York Times Greenwire
August 6, 2009

Perchlorate seems to be everywhere these days. It is in a lot of water supplies, in fruits and vegetables, in Chile's Atacama Desert, and even on Mars.

That is good and bad news for the Defense Department and military contractors battling accusations that they have polluted groundwater with perchlorate, a primary component of rocket fuel.

The fact that perchlorate -- a salt comprising a chlorine atom and four oxygen atoms -- occurs naturally makes it difficult to draw simple conclusions about whether to regulate it or remove it from the drinking-water supplies of at least 35 states and the District of Columbia.

On the other hand, that perchlorate is more widespread than previously thought suggests to proponents of federal water regulations that there is all the more need to regulate its presence in drinking water.



Lenny Siegel
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