2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2011 23:09:25 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] PERCHLORATE: GAO faults standard-setting process during Bush Administration
[The findings in this important report are not news to those of us who have been fighting for protective regulation of perchlorate, but it's always heartwarming to see the truth in official print. = LS]

Report raises questions about EPA's 2008 perchlorate decision

Bettina Boxall
Los Angeles Times
July 12, 2011
The Bush White House played a role in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's controversial 2008 decision not to regulate the drinking water contaminant perchlorate, according to a congressional watchdog agency.

In a report released Tuesday, the U.S. Government Accountability Office concludes that the EPA deviated from its customary scientific analysis in reaching the decision and says that "according to key EPA scientists, the agency mischaracterized important scientific findings on the sensitivity of various age groups to perchlorate exposure."

The nonpartisan GAO found that the Office of Management and Budget, which reports directly to the president, edited the 2008 determination. "Overall, the changes EPA made in response to OMB’s extensive comments through the external review process downplayed the health risks of exposure to perchlorate and presented EPA’s conclusions with greater certainty than key EPA scientists stated they were comfortable supporting," the report states.


For the entire article, see
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/07/perchlorate- drinking-water-epa.html

To see the summary of the GAO report and download the full report, go to


Lenny Siegel
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