2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2010 08:27:56 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] PERCHLORATE: "Christie Deep-Sixes New Jersey Perchlorate Standard"
News Release
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility News Release
March 2, 2010

CHRISTIE DEEP-SIXES NEW JERSEY PERCHLORATE STANDARD - "Red Tape" Review Runs Out Clock on Rocket Fuel in Drinking Water Limit

Trenton - A multi-year effort to stem the spread of perchlorate, a chemical found in rocket fuel, in New Jersey drinking water has been blocked by order of Governor Chris Christie, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). As a result, the chemical found in about one-sixth of public water systems will remain unregulated for the foreseeable future despite the strong recommendation of state scientists that a strict standard is needed.

Perchlorate is a component of rocket fuel that has many other munitions-related uses. A possible carcinogen, the chemical affects thyroid function, especially in infants, pregnant women and their fetuses. Perchlorate contamination of groundwater has become a national problem, affecting more than 20 states in hundreds of locations. The Centers for Disease Control has even found perchlorate in infant formula. In New Jersey, the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) found perchlorate in 11 of 67 public water systems sampled.


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Lenny Siegel
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