"EPA Reviews Risk to Children of Perchlorate in Drinking Water"

"Perchlorate, a toxic component of rocket fuel, fireworks and safety flares that contaminates water supplies in 35 states, may come under federal regulation after a scientific review, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

Last October, the Bush-era EPA made a preliminary decision not to regulate perchlorate in drinking water, saying, "The agency has determined that a national primary drinking water regulation for perchlorate would not present a meaningful opportunity for health risk reduction for persons served by public water systems."

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson today announced that the agency will review that decision with special attention to the effects of perchlorates on the health of infants and young children."

Environment News Service had the story August 5, 2009.

See Also:

"New Findings Spur EPA to Rethink Perchlorate Regulation" (Greenwire)

Obama Set To Reverse Bush on Perchlorates (Los Angeles Times)

Source: ENS, 08/07/2009