Water Standards Out of Touch With Reality

American drinking water meets federal safety standards, but some say it's only because those standards are far too low and don't accurately reflect the potential for contamination.
December 18, 2009, 9am PST | Nate Berg
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"Only 91 contaminants are regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, yet more than 60,000 chemicals are used within the United States, according to Environmental Protection Agency estimates. 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 an analysis of government records by The New York Times.

But not one chemical has been added to the list of those regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act since 2000."

Sinc 2004, more than 62 million Americans have been exposed to contaminated drinking water, according to this investigation from the New York Times.

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Published on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 in The New York Times
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