Environment & Energy Report

Rocket Fuel Chemical Mostly Below Safe Tap Water Levels: EPA (1)

May 14, 2020, 7:59 PM; Updated: May 14, 2020, 9:10 PM

Stringent state standards coupled with cleanup of Superfund sites are responsible for a drop in perchlorate levels observed in drinking water, according to the EPA’s latest analysis of monitoring data.

Based on that finding, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it has concluded that “there is infrequent occurrence of perchlorate at the levels of public health concern.”

Congressional Democrats criticized the agency’s announcement, with House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) accusing the EPA of “just giving up” after the long effort to come up with a drinking water standard.

The agency in 2011 determined perchlorate needs...

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