Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Water Regulations

This came through Physicians for Social Responsibility. This is the kind of nonsense that contributes to the skyrocketing rate of chronic diseases among Americans today. We allow all these pollutants in the air, the water, our food, everywhere. They do bad things to our bodies. These substances are not "safe."

EPA Ups "Safe" Level of Rocket Fuel in Tap Water -- Tell Them What You Think!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally refused to set a drinking-water standard for perchlorate, a chemical in rocket fuel that has been linked to thyroid problems in pregnant women, newborns and young children, and is asking for public comment on the issue.

The maximum safe level for perchlorate in drinking water is now 15 times higher than what the EPA declared safe in 2002. Under this new standard, more than 16 million Americans are exposed to unsafe levels of perchlorate in their drinking water, and independent analysis shows anywhere from 20 to 40 million Americans at risk. Perchlorate has been found in the drinking water in 35 states in the U.S.

The EPA is asking for public comment before November 10, 2008.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has endorsed legislation requiring the EPA to set a federal standard for perchlorate and to monitor levels of the chemical in tap water.

Tell the EPA to regulate perchlorate in drinking water:
1. Follow this link.
2. Click on the yellow icon next to "Post Comment"
3. Tell the EPA that you think this decision is harmful to public health!

Sample Electronic Letter:

This is a Public Comment Regarding EPA's refusal to regulate Perchlorate under the Safe Water Drinking Act (Docket ID EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0692):

Perchlorate is a chemical in rocket fuel that has been linked to thyroid problems in pregnant women, newborns and young children. Not regulating this harmful chemical in our drinking water is unacceptable.

Perchlorate is found in drinking water in 35 states, and according to the EPA's own data, 16 million Americans are at risk of being exposed to this dangerous chemical.

Setting a standard for perchlorate will absolutely present 'a meaningful opportunity for health risk reduction.' I urge you to do so in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and protect Americans' health.

Click Here to Learn More.

Michael McCally, MD, PhD
Executive Director
Tags: activism
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