Sounds like the plot of a science fiction novel, doesn't it? No, it's just the latest outrage brought to us courtesy of the Bush-Cheney administration. From the Associated Press:
The Environmental Protection Agency has decided there's no need to rid drinking water of a toxic rocket fuel ingredient that has fouled public water supplies around the country. EPA reached the conclusion in a draft regulatory document not yet made public, but reviewed Monday by The Associated Press.
The ingredient 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, scientists say. The EPA document says mandating a clean-up level for perchlorate would not result in a "meaningful opportunity for health risk reduction for persons served by public-water systems."
So it's bottled water then, unless we live next to a natural mountain spring? Guess the administration hasn't done enough damage, with their stealth repeal of the Clean Water Act and dismantling more than 400 environmental protection laws passed over decades. Now they don't care if our drinking water is poisoned?
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