2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 18 Jun 2005 01:28:10 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Debating perchlorate's toxicity
Taking aim at water study

By Matt King
Gilroy Dispatch (CA)
June 15, 2005

Gilroy - California?s public health goal for perchlorate could have
doubled to 12 parts per billion had the state relied solely on the
findings of a National Academies of Science report that will be used to
set a federal drinking water standard, a California environmental
official said Tuesday.

Dr. George Alexeeff, a deputy director for the Office of Environmental
Health Hazards Assessment, said his agency took a different view of the
key study - the so-called Greer study - cited in the NAS report and
derived a lower benchmark dose, which is used to measure risk exposure. 

The agency first set the health goal at 6 parts per billion last year
and reconfirmed it in April after reviewing the NAS report that was
published in January. The public health goal is important because
polluters must clean up to state standards, even if federal standards
are more relaxed.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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