EPA to limit rocket fuel chemical in tap water

February 3rd, 2011 - 2:24 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington DC, Feb 2 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Environmental Protection Agency in the United States has proposed a cap on the amount of Perchlorate that should be allowed in drinking water.

The agency made the move after a study revealed that the chemical which is also found in rocket fuel and other military chemicals is linked to thyroid problems in children and pregnant women. The new standard is expected to be announced on Wednesday by the administrator of the EPA, Lisa Jackson.

Lisa’s statement read, “As improved standards are developed and put in place, clean water technology innovators have an opportunity to create cutting edge solutions that will strengthen health protections and spark economic growth.”

Tests have been carried out on about 153 drinking water sources in 26 states between 2001 and 2005. All the 26 sources contained the chemical. The EPA however warns that coming out with a standard for the chemical will take up to two years.

It was determined during the monitoring that most of the sources were contaminated from improper military waste disposal. Bad rocket disposal was also found to be a cause of the contamination.

The Bush administration declined to regulate the level of the chemical in water when an EPA draft assessment was brought before him in 2002.

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