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Rocket Fuel And The Not-So-Safe Drinking Water Act
In a remarkable moment of courtroom candor, an attorney representing the Environmental Protection Agency admitted last week the EPA “blew it” in botched efforts to regulate a hazardous chemical in the drinking water of up to 17 million Americans.
The attorney, Emily Elizabeth Bretz of the U.S. Attorney’s office for New York state, was responding to a lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council over the EPA’s failure to set a legal tap water limit for perchlorate, a component of rocket fuel linked to impaired fetal and infant brain development and altered thyroid hormones in women.
The EPA first announced plans to regulate perchlorate in February 2011. Under the 1996 amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act, the agency had two years to propose regulations and another 18 months to finalize them.
The reforms to the drinking water law solidified the EPA’s authority to establish enforceable drinking water standards for previously unregulated contaminants. Yet the last time the EPA set a new legal tap water limit for a chemical pollutant was in 2000.
In 2011, the EPA estimated that up to 17 million Americans may be exposed to perchlorate-contaminated water. According to a 2010 report by the Government Accountability Office, perchlorate contamination of drinking water, groundwater, surface water, soil or sediment has been found in 45 states and the District of Columbia.