Government and independent scientists have identified hundreds of chemicals associated with a risk of cancer and other diseases at small concentrations in drinking water, according to aNY Timesanalysis of government records.
Did you know that only 91 contaminants are
regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act? Yet the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that
more than 60,000 chemicals are used within the United States. Government and
independent scientists have scrutinized thousands of those chemicals in recent
decades, and identified hundreds associated with a risk of cancer and other
diseases at small concentrations in drinking water, according to aNY
Timesanalysis of government records.
not one chemical has been added to the list of those regulated by the Safe
Drinking Water Act since 2000.
recent studies have found that even some chemicals regulated by that law pose
risks at much smaller concentrations than previously known. However, many of
the act’s standards for those chemicals have not been updated since the 1980s,
and some remain essentially unchanged since the law was passed in 1974.
analysis byThe NY Timesof more than 19 million
drinking-water test results from the District of Columbia and the 45 states
that made data available also found 62+ million Americans have been exposed
since 2004 to “unsafe” drinking water.
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Legal Tap Water May Still Be Unhealthy
December 23, 2009