Reversing a Bush administration decision, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson today announced the agency would develop a regulation for perchlorate, a chemical that may impact thyroid function. Monitoring data show more than 4 percent of public water systems have detected perchlorate and between 5 million and 17 million people may be served drinking water containing perchlorate. The agency is also establishing a drinking water standard to address up to 16 toxic chemicals, includes trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) as well as contaminants discharged from industrial operations, that may pose human health risks.
“Clean water is critical to the health and prosperity of every American community and a fundamental concern to every American family,” Jackson said. “EPA is hard at work on innovative ways to improve protections for the water we drink and give to our children, and the development of these improved standards is an important step forward. Our decisions are based on extensive review of the best available science and the health needs of the American people.”
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Answer by Carpy at 8:44 AM on Feb. 5, 2011
Bush didn't support teh EPA's regulation of perchlorate because it is a NATURALLY OCCURRING element!! I can see where MAN-MADE perchlorate SHOULD be properly contained/disposed of, but certain areas of the United States are simply prone to the NATURALLY occurring element--coincidentally in the same region where the highest concentrations have been found!
"We show that perchlorate is readily formed by a variety of simulated atmospheric processes. For example, it is formed from chloride aerosol by electrical discharge and by exposing aqueous chloride to high concentrations of ozone. We report that perchlorate is present in many rain and snow samples. This strongly suggests that some perchlorate is formed in the atmosphere and a natural perchlorate background of atmospheric origin should exist."
Answer by LoriKeet at 8:47 AM on Feb. 5, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 8:58 AM on Feb. 5, 2011
Answer by Farmlady09 at 9:23 AM on Feb. 5, 2011
I think it's important to check for and regulate chemicals in our water. Just because something is naturally occurring doesn't mean that through runoff from industries (whose regulations were relaxed under the Bush Administration as well) isn't adding to those levels. I think subsidizing big oil companies and waging war in foreign countries are bigger wastes of money than ensuring the safety of our water supplies.
Answer by jsbenkert at 9:56 AM on Feb. 5, 2011
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