2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 2 Apr 2005 19:18:31 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] "'Health goal' for perchlorate will remain"
'Health goal' for perchlorate will remain

6 PARTS PER BILLION: The governor pressed for a review after EPA set the federal level of 24.5 parts.

Riverside Press-Enterprise (CA)
April 2, 2005

California officials announced Friday that they are sticking with a "health goal" of 6 parts per billion for the rocket-fuel chemical perchlorate for drinking water -- about one-fourth the amount deemed safe by the Bush administration in February.

The health goal is not a binding limit but is generally used by water agencies to determine whether water is safe to provide to consumers. The state Department of Health Services is expected to set a legal limit -- known as a maximum contamination level, or MCL -- for perchlorate in drinking water within the next few months, department spokesman Robert Miller said.

California follows Canada and Massachusetts in choosing a more restrictive guideline for perchlorate than the 24.5 parts per billion found to be safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A spokeswoman for Lockheed Martin Corp., believed to be responsible for perchlorate found in some Inland drinking water, said that 6 parts per billion is too restrictive.


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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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