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EPA Now Wants a Second Opinion on Perchlorate

As the AP reported earlier this week, the EPA has changed rather dramatically, announcing that it will not make a final determination on regulating perchlorate in drinking water until the National Academies of Science have had a chance to review the data.

From the article:

“The decision on perchlorate has been pending for years, as the Pentagon and EPA tussled over the issue. The action Thursday will delay it further, and punt the decision to the incoming Obama administration.

The Defense Department used perchlorate for decades in testing missiles and rockets, and most perchlorate contamination stems from defense and aerospace activities.

The Pentagon could face liability if EPA sets a national drinking water standard that forces water agencies around the country to undertake costly cleanup efforts. Defense officials have spent years questioning EPA’s conclusions about the risks posed by perchlorate, but they have denied trying to influence EPA’s decision.”

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