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ID:

546

Date:

2009-12-16

Headline:

That Tap Water Is Legal but May Be Unhealthy

Reporter's name:

Charles Duhigg

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

The New York Times

City:

Los Angeles, CA

Summary:

Although the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 (SDWA) is designed to protect American water supplies on a chemical-by-chemical basis, a fraction of the sixty thousand-plus chemicals used in the United States are regulated for contaminant effects - and records obtained from the Environmental Protection Agency under FOIA show that lobbyists have leaned on lawmakers and officials to resist additional risk assessments. The New York Times noted that no chemicals have been added to the SDWA list since 2000, though the Times notes that a Clean Water Act-based analysis it had done earlier shows the rate of discharging such potentially carcinogenic pollutants has only increased since then.

Keywords:

water, drinking water, tap water, Safe Drinking Water Act, SDWA, chemicals, carcinogen, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, Lisa Jackson, National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Geological Survey, Superfund, arsenic, perchlorate, lobbying, military, environment, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC

URL:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/17/us/17water.html


Agencies:

CDC
EPA

States:

US

Categories:

business
drinking water
environment
lobbying
public health


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