EPA reverses Bush-era water safety standards, will regulate contaminants

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The Environmental Protection Agency reversed Bush administration drinking water policies Wednesday, announcing that it will regulate perchlorate, a component of rocket fuel, and 16 other chemicals - called volatile organic compounds - that can cause cancer at high enough doses.

A 2010 study of 500,000 California newborns reported disrupted thyroid function in infants whose mothers had been exposed to drinking water with at least five parts per billion perchlorate. The study did not assess effects at lower concentrations.

Source & full article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/02/AR201102...

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