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Why This Matters: There is not much left of the Clean Water Act with the Trump Administration at the helm of the so-called Environmental Protection Agency. The agency has limited the scope of what the Act covers, refused to regulate a chemical that hundreds of thousands of Americans are ingesting at levels that are not safe, and it is totally failing to oversee the states in monitoring pollutant discharges as required by the Act.
As for the rocket fuel chemical, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is under a court order requiring the agency to establish a safe drinking-water standard for the chemical, called perchlorate, by the end of June, but Administrator Wheeler decided to defy it. In addition, according to The New York Times, the agency also overturned the previous scientific determination that declared perchlorate a serious health risk for five million to 16 million people in the United States. Some states are working to reduce contamination using state regulations. Environmental groups expressed dismay. “Today’s decision is illegal, unscientific and unconscionable,” Erik D. Olson of Natural Resources Defense Council told The Times. “The Environmental Protection Agency is threatening the health of pregnant moms and young children with toxic chemicals in their drinking water at levels that literally can cause loss of I.Q. points. Is this what the Environmental Protection Agency has come to?” Meanwhile, the state of Massachusetts’ state environmental protection agency is years behind in filing its Clean Water Act monitoring reports with the EPA, which “has left the public with a murky picture of water quality in the state,” Suzanne M. Bump, the state auditor, said in a statement according to The Globe.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer On Tuesday, September 29, Gavin Newsom signed into law a measure that bans a class of over 4,000 toxic chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from firefighting foams due to their impacts on human health. This ban came weeks before a peer-reviewed study by scientists at the […]
Lake Jackson, Texas, a city in the greater Houston area, is “purg[ing] its water system for 60 days” after a brain-eating amoeba killed a 6-year old boy, NBC News reported. The city is currently under a boil-water notice, and officials have announced that it could take as long as 3 months to make the water safe.
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