PIB supports former EPA official’s stance on perchlorate regulation

March 6, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Perchlorate Information Bureau (PIB) supports Water Technology Technical Editor Dr. Joseph Cotruvo’s commentary in a Professor POU/POE feature on perchlorate in drinking water.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — According to a recent news release, the Perchlorate Information Bureau (PIB) announced it agrees with Water Technology Technical Editor Dr. Joseph Cotruvo’s statements in the December issue’s Professor POU/POE.

In the Professor POU/POE feature, Cotruvo discusses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to regulate perchlorate in drinking water and questions whether the health benefits of a national regulation of perchlorate would outweigh potential costs, stated the release.

In the article, and noted in the release, Cotruvo states, “It is doubtful whether a national regulation for perchlorate in drinking water would provide significant measurable benefits versus the costs of compliance. It would probably be more beneficial and less costly if programs were initiated assuring pregnant women received sufficient iodine supplementation, as well as examining opportunities for increasing iodine dietary consumption for the general population.”

The release reported that Cotruvo’s commentary builds on another recent study that explains that “the economic benefits of reducing perchlorate concentrations in drinking water are likely to be low (less than $2.9 million annually), compared to the estimated national cost of compliance with a drinking water standard of $120 million per year.”

Cotruvo is a former director of the EPA Drinking Water Standards Division.

You can find the release here.

You can find the Professor POU/POE on perchlorate here.

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