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EPA Finds Toxic Rocket Fuel Ingredient in Drinking Water

Posted by John on July 18th, 2008

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found a toxic rocket fuel ingredient – perchlorate – in drinking water in at least 35 states, but they have no plans to regulate this dangerous chemical.

According to MSNBC, during a Senate hearing in May 2008, an EPA official said there’s a “distinct possibility” that the agency won’t take action to rid water of perchlorate.

Perchlorate interferes with thyroid function and poses development health risks, especially to fetuses.

Pregnant women and nursing mothers need to be aware of the developmental risks of perchlorate. Low thyroid hormone levels in mothers can inhibit brain development in fetuses and newborn babies. Hypothyroidism during pregnancy is also associated with preterm delivery and miscarriages.

Since most perchlorate contamination comes from Defense Department activities, the Pentagon could face extremely high cleanup costs if the EPA were to set standards for perchlorate in drinking water.

Instead of regulating perchlorate levels in drinking water, the EPA may instead simply issue a public health advisory.

Because of a slow response from the federal government, some states like California and Massachusetts have set their own drinking water standards for the contaminant. And this is good news for all of us! California produces over $30 billion worth of food annually, and if ground water is contaminated with perchlorate, then food grown in that soil will be contaminated as well.

Blueair RO water purifierInexpensive faucet filters like those from Brita and Pur don’t filter out perchlorate. According to National Geographic’s Green Guide, reverse osmosis (RO) water purifiers are the only systems that can remove perchlorate. To ensure that your drinking water is not contaminated by rocket fuel, install an RO water purifier like the Blueair Reverse Osmosis Water Purifier.

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