2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 10 Jan 2005 15:51:41 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] "Perchlorate: Is it safe to drink the water?"
Perchlorate: Is it safe to drink the water?
A new report will detail the effects on health of a chemical found in Cape water supplies.

Cape Cod Times
January 10, 2005

SANDWICH - At the Sandwich home of Pearl and Peter Moretti, their scruffy Shih Tzu Tiffany drinks only bottled water.

Although the Morettis tell you they spoil Tiffany and their two cats, Arnie and Spunky, the pets are hardly pampered. These days everyone in the Peters Pond Drive household is staying away from their well water.

The Morettis, like dozens of other Massachusetts families in the last year, have had to struggle with an important question: Should we drink the water?

Last May, the Army's Groundwater Study Program found perchlorate, a substance found in solid rocket fuel and fireworks, in the family's private drinking well.

Perchlorate, which can disrupt the function of the thyroid gland, has turned up in drinking water supplies in 10 spots statewide, including another private well in Bourne.

In many of these places, residents have stopped drinking from the tap, but neither the state nor the federal government has set standards that say for sure what levels are safe.

For the entire article, see

Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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