Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | September 24, 2008

Lawyer Sanders says AP reporting that U.S. EPA may refuse to regulate perchlorate, a contaminant in public drinking water supplies for tens of millions of Americans.

The Associated Press is reporting that the U.S. EPA has decided there’s no need to regulate a toxic rocket fuel ingredient, perchlorate, in drinking water supplies to the public. The contaminant is perchlorate, which has fouled public water supplies around the country. EPA reached the conclusion in a draft regulatory document not yet made public but reviewed by The Associated Press.

Perchlorate has been found in at least 395 sites in 35 states at levels high enough to interfere with thyroid function and pose developmental health risks, particularly for babies and fetuses, according to some scientists.  EPA is expected to announce its decision to the public and seek comments before the agency takes final action.  EPA’s draft document was first reported by the Washington Post.

Perchlorate is particularly widespread in California and the Southwest, where it’s been found in groundwater and in the Colorado River, a drinking-water source for 20 million people. It’s also been found in lettuce and other foods.  In absence of federal action, several states have passed state drinking water restrictions on perchlorate.  In 2007, California adopted a drinking water standard of 6 parts per billion. Massachusetts has set a drinking water standard of 2 parts per billion.

The Bush Administration has refused to comment on EPA’s decision.  This is yet another example of utter and complete ineptness in the leadership of U.S. EPA under the Stephen Johnson that will be eventually dumped in the laps of the judiciary to straighten out. 

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