Feinstein, Boxer pen EPA
to issue perchlorate advisory
By Emmett Berg, Bay City News Service
October 9, 2006
U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer called upon
the federal Environmental Protection Agency on Friday to issue
a health advisory on the adverse health effects of perchlorate
exposure, and to establish tougher standards on what constitutes
safe drinking water.
"We are writing to request...a perchlorate health advisory
that addresses early life exposures and susceptibility issues
and revise the Agency's perchlorate cleanup goal," stated
a letter to the EPA authored by Boxer and Feinstein.
Perchlorate is used in the creation of rocket fuel and ammunition.
It can seep through soil and collect in food or water, the senators
The senators said fast action was of importance because of the
findings of a recent study on perchlorate by the federal Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.
"The CDC study showed that perchlorate exposures that EPA
thought were safe, can threaten public health," according
to the senators. In their letter, the senators cited a 2005 Government
Accountability Office study that reported the existence of 106
sites in California with perchlorate levels above 4 parts per
billion. And the senators' letter stated that "California
knows of 276 active or standby water wells are contaminated with
No one from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or the
California Environmental Protection Agency, was immediately available
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