by Steve Watson
Sept 23, 2008
The Environmental Protection Agency
there is no need to act on the fact that a toxic rocket fuel
ingredient, which has been proven to lead to a loss of IQ and an
increase in behavioral and perception problems, has long been
present in drinking water across the U.S.
In a remarkable reversal of it's position, the EPA, has ditched six
years of effort into persuading the government that perchlorate
contamination poses a serious risk to the public and should be
Perchlorate, has been found in at least 395 sites in 35 states at
levels high enough to interfere with thyroid function and pose
developmental health risks, particularly for babies and fetuses,
reports AP. The toxic chemical has also been found in lettuce and
It is used by defense and aerospace contractors in conjunction with
the Pentagon in rockets and missiles.
Blogger Rick Attig at the Oregonian succinctly explains why the EPA
has suddenly decided to back down and drop it's efforts to address
It's obvious what's going on here. The administration wants nothing
to do with a cleanup that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars
Nor does the Pentagon want to expose its friendly defense
contractors to the costs of cleaning up the contamination they are
responsible for leaving behind to seep into drinking water in at
least 35 states and the District of Columbia.
Attig also points out that the
Bush administration and the Pentagon
are preparing to fix the science to justify not regulating perchlorate by setting the maximum contamination level at 15 times
the figure the EPA suggested in 2002.
The revelations first appeared in a Washington Post report Sunday,
after the paper received a near final EPA "preliminary regulatory
That document revealed that the government opted not to use a
National Academy of Science formula for determining safe levels of
perchlorate in drinking water, the model preferred by the nation's
top scientists, instead opting to use a computer model developed by
the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology.
No conflict of interest there then.
The report also revealed that the White House deleted references to
scientific studies which highlighted the link between perchlorate's
impact on thyroid function and an irreversible loss of IQ and
perception in young people from babies to those in the 20s.
The document estimates that up to 16.6 million Americans are exposed
to perchlorate at a level many scientists consider unsafe;
independent researchers, using federal and state data, put the
number at 20 million to 40 million.
Robert Zoeller, a University of Massachusetts professor who
specializes in thyroid hormone and brain development, told reporters
that the government amendments to the EPA proposal,
the science to such an extent that they can justify not regulating"
the toxic chemical.
"Infants and children will continue to be damaged, and that damage
is significant." Zoeller said.
Perchlorate is just one toxic horror readily found in the drinking
water of people all over America. We have previously reported on
studies that have found that numerous pharmaceutical drugs, from
antidepressants like prozac to sex hormones, currently contaminate
the water supplies of millions.
In addition millions more are being being mass-medicated against
their will in many water districts by way of sodium
is classed as a poison, being added to water supplies without their
consent. The latest scientific reports have pointed to strong
evidence of the waste chemical's link to disorders affecting teeth,
bones, the brain and the thyroid gland, as well as lowering IQ.
Despite these facts, the government continues to aim to have 75% of
American water fluoridated by 2010.
It is now clearly the responsibility of people everywhere to lobby
representatives at the state and local levels to implement their own
drinking water regulations in response to the combination of
negligence, cronyism and downright criminal actions of the federal
government on this matter.
Several states have already acted on their own. In 2007, California
adopted a drinking water standard of 6 parts per billion for
perchlorate, while Massachusetts has set a drinking water standard
of 2 parts per billion. Meanwhile other towns and cities across the
country have voted to remove fluoride from their water.
Given that states like Pennsylvania have passed laws making it
illegal to remove fluoride from a community's drinking water supply
once such fluoridation is started.
It is essential that action is
taken on this matter before others follow suit.