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EPA: No more rocket fuel in drinking water
Agency will decide how much is too much when it comes to perchlorate in your water.
Tue, Feb 08, 2011 at 11:43 AM
ON TAP: Apparently, the tap water in 26 states has been coming with a side of rocket fuel. (Photo: malla_mi/Flickr)
Just when you decided to cut your caffeine intake, it turns out there's another problem: you may have been drinking rocket fuel in your tap water.
The EPA has been studying the amount of perchlorate in drinking water after finding that the chemical was present in tap water in 26 states. Now the EPA is deciding it will set a maximum limit on the amount of the salts derived from perchloric acid. The EPA’s decision comes quickly — what many are describing as lightning speed — since many environmental groups said this regulation would take at least a decade to put in place. Typically, the EPA moves slowly when it comes to drinking water research.
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