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EPA to Regulate Perchlorate and Toxic Chemicals in Drinking Water

2/2/2011 12:00:00 AM

Tags: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, perchlorate, thyroid function, drinking water

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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.”

If you’re concerned about the quality of your drinking water and don’t want to wait for the government to take action, there’s plenty you can do. Check out Natural Home’s tips for finding the best water filter for your home and location. This fall I installed a 3M Full Flow Drinking Water System on my kitchen tap. I can replace the sleek canister myself, and 3M will send me an email reminding me when it’s time to switch it out. Our water tastes great—and I feel better knowing that it’s healthy. 

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