E.P.A. Plans New Limits on Toxic Chemicals in Drinking Water

Posted by Trish Riley, February 3, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Wednesday that it would impose limits on permissible levels of a new set of toxic chemicals in drinking water, including the first standards for perchlorate, a dangerous compound found in rocket fuel and fireworks that has contaminated water supplies in 26 states.

The move, announced by the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Lisa P. Jackson, is a major step toward updating the nation’s clean water laws, which have lagged far behind environmental and health science.

Studies have found that hundreds of industrial and agricultural chemicals, including several known carcinogens, are present in municipal water systems around the country. The nation’s laws and enforcement programs have not kept pace with spreading contamination, posing significant health risks to millions.

via http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/03/science/earth/03epa.html?_r=1