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EPA won’t limit toxic chemical in water

October 4, 2008

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— Federal regulators said Friday they don't plan to try to rid drinking water supplies of a toxic rocket fuel ingredient that's been found in 35 states.

The Environmental Protection Agency will take public comment for 30 days before finalizing its decision not to regulate the contaminant, perchlorate, in drinking water. The Associated Press and other news outlets reported the agency's plans last month based on internal EPA documents.

The announcement Friday provoked outrage from Democratic lawmakers and a lawsuit threat from environmental groups. Particularly widespread in California and Texas, perchlorate has been found to interfere with thyroid function and pose developmental health risks, particularly for babies and fetuses.

"EPA's decision has industry's fingerprints all over it. Weapons makers will benefit at the expense of millions of Americans," said Earthjustice attorney George Torgun. He said Earthjustice would argue in court that perchlorate does qualify for regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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Confrontation 5 years, 6 months ago

Typical conservatives who don't care about the fetus or the baby, as long as the woman is forced to keep 'em.

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S0uPnAzi 5 years, 6 months ago

I agree, our government has gutted the EPA, and the FDA, and just about every other agency that is supposed to protect us. This is shameful, and I too am outraged. I'll be letting my feelings known to the EPA during the 30 day period that they are accepting public comments, and I urge all of you to let them know, too! Such a travesty.

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Ragingbear 5 years, 6 months ago

Perchlorate is highly toxic, and illegal dumping has resulted in the deaths and hospitalization of many people, yet our worthless government says that the water is perfectly safe to drink. Just don't try to light a fart afterwards, you could end up in another country.

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