Environment & Energy Report

EPA Unveils Long-Awaited Rocket Fuel Regulations (1)

May 23, 2019, 8:25 PMUpdated: May 23, 2019, 10:08 PM

The EPA is formally proposing new drinking water regulations on the chemical perchlorate, the first new drinking water regulation from the agency since the George W. Bush administration.

Under this proposal, released May 23, all U.S. water utilities would have to ensure that their water contains no more than 56 micrograms of perchlorate per liter of water. Perchlorate is a component of rocket fuel, fireworks, and some food packaging. Studies have found that consuming too much perchlorate can cause thyroid problems.

In addition, all Superfund sites contaminated with perchlorate would have to be cleaned up to the...

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