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Wednesday
Feb022011

EPA to Set Regulations on Chemicals in Drinking Water

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday it will develop a regulation for perchlorate and several other toxic chemicals found in drinking water.

The EPA's decision comes after the agency's administrator, Lisa Jackson, asked scientists to thoroughly look into the "emerging science of perchlorate."  Scientific research shows that the naturally occurring and man-made chemical may affect how the thyroid gland functions.

Along with perchlorate, the EPA is also looking to set standards for 16 toxic chemicals found in drinking water that could be hazardous to humans.

“Clean water is critical to the health and prosperity of every American community and a fundamental concern to every American family.  EPA is hard at work on innovative ways to improve protections for the water we drink and give to our children, and the development of these improved standards is an important step forward,” Jackson said.  “Our decisions are based on extensive review of the best available science and the health needs of the American people.”

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