2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 22 Jun 2005 04:39:46 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Re: [CPEO-MEF] GAO issues perchlorate overview
Pentagon Refuses Test for Toxic Chemical

Washington Post/Associated Press
June 21, 2005

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon at times refused to conduct tests for a toxic chemical when environmental regulators said such tests were needed, congressional investigators said in a report Tuesday.

The report drew a stinging Pentagon response criticizing it as "factually incorrect and fundamentally flawed."

The General Accountability Office study of contamination from perchlorate - an ingredient in rocket fuel and other defense manufacturing that has been found to interfere with thyroid function - said it was found in at least 395 sites in 35 states.

The study said Defense Department activities are a leading cause of the contamination. It also said Pentagon policies require testing for the chemical only under limited circumstances, such as when there is a reasonable likelihood of human exposure.


For the entire article, see

Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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