2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 18:18:40 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] PERCHLORATE, VOCs: Unhealthy drinking water
That Tap Water Is Legal but May Be Unhealthy

New York Times
December 17, 2009

The 35-year-old federal law regulating tap water is so out of date that the water Americans drink can pose what scientists say are serious health risks - and still be legal.


But when E.P.A. scientists produced assessments indicating those chemicals were more toxic - the first step in setting a standard for perchlorate and tougher standards for the other two substances - businesses fought back by lobbying lawmakers and regulators and making public attacks.

Military contractors, for example, said that regulations on perchlorate, which has been associated with stunted central nervous system development, would cost them billions of dollars in cleanup costs. In 2003, an Air Force colonel, Daniel Rogers, called an E.P.A. assessment of the chemical "biased, unrealistic and scientifically imbalanced." Military officials told E.P.A. scientists they were unpatriotic for suggesting that bases were contaminated, according to people who participated in those discussions.

Property owners who had rented space to dry cleaners lobbied lawmakers and top E.P.A. officials to remove government scientists from research on perc, which has been associated with some kinds of tumors, according to interviews with lobbyists. (Trichloroethylene has been associated with liver and kidney damage and cancer.)

Soon, Dr. Preuss was told by some superiors that he might be dismissed if he continued pushing for extensive assessments of certain chemicals, he said.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
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