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WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is setting the first drinking water standard for a toxic rocket fuel ingredient linked to thyroid problems in pregnant women and young children, the Obama administration is to announce on Wednesday.
Perchlorate is also used in fireworks and explosives. In most cases, water contamination has been caused by improper disposal at rocket testing sites, military bases and chemical plants.
Originally posted by BadBoYeed
we should line up all of our "leaders" and make them drink the tap water....and watch their reactions. Like lisa simpson did in the simpson movie
while we're at it, lets make up some genetically modified corn tortillas and host a taco party for them!!! (using 35% beef of course)
Originally posted by butcherguy
Okay, no more rocket fuel in my drinking water.
Where the hell am I supposed to get my rocket fuel now??????
Sorry, I read the rest of it now. I see I have two years to stock up.edit on 2-2-2011 by butcherguy because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by oibena
reply to post by IamAbeliever
Democrats, who have pushed for the EPA to regulate perchlorate, say the decision shows the administration standing up for rules that protect public health, even if they burden business. President Barack Obama recently announced a review of all regulations to reduce barriers to economic growth and investment.
The perchlorate standard is eight years in the making. In 2002, an EPA draft risk assessment found that 1 part per billion should be considered safe. Six years later, the Bush administration decided not to regulate the chemical, instead recommending that concentrations not exceed 15 parts per billion. At the time, federal scientists estimated that 16.6 million Americans could be exposed to unsafe levels through their drinking water.
California and Massachusetts in the meantime have set state-level drinking water standards.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who has sponsored legislation to require the EPA to set a standard, said in a statement Wednesday that she was pleased the government was "finally going to protect our families from perchlorate." California has the most water supplies affected — 58, according to the 2001-05 data. Many of the others are in Texas.
"I will do everything I can to make sure this new protection moves forward," Boxer said.
Pentagon officials have spent years questioning the EPA's assessment of perchlorate's risk but have denied influencing the agency's decisions. The military could face liability for tainting water during rocket and missile testing, since the standard will force water agencies around the country to clean up the pollution.
Originally posted by Cygnis
The EPA... ick.. bunch'a liars and corrupt people.
Would be interesting to see an actual break-down of all the stuff in the water supplies across the country..
Rocket fuel additive. really? This shouldn't even be IN the water to begin with.. Ahh the joy of a company trying to save a few dollars.
/sigh on a side-note:
The REAL scary thing is, bottled water, has even LESS standards then tap-water. And in most cases, the bottled water your drinking is nothing more then re-filtered tap water.
There are some bottled-waters that do advertise they are Reverse-osmoses and or Distilled. But the rest.. Municipal water supply.
Read the label.. You may be surprised.
Then again, it's all propaganda and lies. Only way to be sure would be to do your own tests on your water-source and find out what your ingesting.