October 12, 2010
Rocket fuel chemicals in drinking water pose a health concern that's received scant public—or government—attention. But that may bechanging. Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took steps to regulate perchlorate—the rocket fuel chemical in question. President George W. Bush's administrationrefused to regulate perchlorate's presence in drinking water—despite the fact that the chemical can prevent proper thyroid functioning at high doses—particularly for vulnerable groupslike pregnant women and children. Perchlorate is likely contaminating drinking water in at least 35 states and the District of Columbia, according to a recent article in The New YorkTimes. The current acceptable limit for perchlorate is 15 parts per billion.
The EPA is looking into how it could use the Safe Drinking Water Act to better regulate the chemical, but hasonly begun what will likely be a long and difficult process. Jeff Ruch, executive director for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility told the Times that he expects "heavyPentagon and polluter lobbying" to disrupt the EPA's attempts. Federal polluters, in particular, would have to pay huge sums in clean-up if perchlorate is regulated.
The EPA iscurrently reevaluating the science on the chemical and is expected to release a final decision to the public.
SOURCE: The New York Times
Considero que los seres humanos aún no hemos tomadoconciencia que el agua es un elemento no renovable y vital para la vida, y lo único que hacemos es contaminar este indispensable liquido acabando con la vida de muchas especies quehabitan en el agua y así, se reduce la posibilidad de obtener alimentos provenientes de él. Además, afectándonos a nosotros mismos con este químico tan peligroso para nuestra salud.