|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||15 Jan 2005 01:16:16 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Last NAS perchlorate news reports for the week|
Science panel issues report on water pollutant Staff and Wire Reports Kansas City Start January 12, 2005 WASHINGTON - The National Academy of Sciences has released an eagerly awaited report on perchlorate, one of the most controversial unregulated toxic pollutants in the country's drinking water and food supplies. The academy said Monday that people would be safe if exposed to daily doses 20 times those under consideration by the Environmental Protection Agency. Depending on how regulators interpret the recommendation, the Defense Department, its contractors and other federal agencies responsible for contamination from perchlorate could save hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup costs. In Missouri, the toxin, a component of solid rocket fuel, has turned up in three environmental monitoring wells at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, officials said Tuesday. No perchlorate has been found in drinking water supplies. ... For the entire article, see http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/10622170.htm ***************** Toxin in water not so bad? Feds say rates of perchlorate weren't perilous By VANESSA HUGHES Lowell Sun (MA) January 12, 2005 A federal report on the health dangers of perchlorate, a chemical found last year in drinking water in Tewksbury and Westford, concludes that humans can safely consume levels about 20 times higher than the limit the federal Environmental Protection Agency is considering. But the finding is disputed by environmentalists and is in contrast to other studies on the toxin. The report, conducted by a panel of scientists at the National Academy of Sciences, supports perchlorate standards that are closer to the Pentagon's recommendations than to stricter guidelines from the EPA and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. ... For the entire article, see http://www.lowellsun.com/Stories/0,1413,105~4761~2649376,00.html ********************* Statement of Senator Dianne Feinstein on National Research Council?s Report on Perchlorate Ingestion January 10, 2005 Washington, DC ? The National Research Council of the National Academies today released a report on the health implications of perchlorate ingestion. The following is a comment from Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.): "The EPA has said that it could not set a drinking water standard for perchlorate until it had the results of this new study. It now has the results. We know that perchlorate contamination is widespread, it is now in 35 states, and has entered the food chain. I urge the EPA to take action as soon as possible." Last month, Senator Feinstein announced plans to introduce comprehensive legislation to address perchlorate contamination. The legislation would: * Authorize $200 million to identify and clean up the sources of perchlorate; * Provide grants for the research and development of better cleanup technologies; * Create an Interagency Task Force to coordinate federal activities regarding water sources nationwide; * Require the Environmental Protection Agency to set a national primary drinking water standard for perchlorate; and * Make perchlorate-polluting entities responsible for contamination cleanup efforts. Perchlorate is a chemical used in rocket fuel and munitions. It is a highly soluble salt that can readily permeate through soils. Perchlorate was widely used by the Defense Department and its contractors in the 1950s and 1960s. For the original release, go to http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/05releases/r-perchlorate2.htm ************ Perchlorate: Out of the Hot Water? NEWS ANALYSIS: TECHNOLOGY By Burt Helm Business Week Online JANUARY 14, 2005 The National Academy of Science's safe-dosage recommendation is a surprise to the EPA -- and may save businesses millions After a seven-year debate, the perchlorate matter was finally settled -- or was it? Perchlorate, a primary ingredient in rocket fuel, has been found in the water supply of 35 states (see BW Online, 12/15/04, "When Water Can Be Bad for Kids"). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state health agencies have been concerned about the chemical's health effects, while the Defense Dept. and contractors, who would be liable for cleaning up water supplies, have claimed that such concern is overblown. Unable to agree, the two sides turned to the National Academy of Sciences for help. The EPA and state health agencies are mandated to set a "reference dose" -- a safe level that would protect even the most at-risk human, and that's what they asked the NAS to recommend, which it now has in a surprising decision on Jan. 10. The NAS committee recommended a safe dosage level 23 times higher than what the EPA had come up with in its initial risk assessment in 2002 -- even though the NAS committee's broader findings matched many of the conclusions of the EPA and health departments in California and seven other states that have completed their own assessments on perchlorate. The result: The EPA and state health agencies will now reassess their previous recommendations, and the Defense Dept. -- and its contractors -- may be off the hook for cleaning up hundreds of contaminated water systems. ... For the entire article, see http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jan2005/tc20050114_7064_tc119.htm -- 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 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@list.cpeo.org http://www.cpeo.org/mailman/listinfo/military
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