|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||2 Apr 2005 19:18:31 -0000|
|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.
By DAVID DANELSKI 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.
For the entire article http://www.pe.com/breakingnews/local/stories/PE_News_Local_D_perch02.f875.html
-- 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 http://www.cpeo.org
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