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EPA to regulate perchlorate in drinking water

February 03, 2011
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to move forward with the development of a regulation for perchlorate and other toxic chemicals in drinking water, according to a press release.

The decision, which reverses a 2008 preliminary determination by the previous administration, was made after EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson ordered EPA scientists to undertake a thorough review of the emerging science of perchlorate.

Research indicates that perchlorate may impact normal function of the thyroid, which produces critical hormones for the growth and development of fetuses, infants and children, the release stated.

Based on this potential concern, EPA will initiate the process of developing a formal rule; the process will include receiving input from key stakeholders and submitting the rule to a public comment process.

In a separate action, EPA is also moving towards establishing a drinking water standard to address a group of up to 16 toxic chemicals that may pose risks to human health.

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