Last month we spoke to the contaminants in tap water – toxic taps. Today new studies show that the established an official reference dose of the EPA for perchlorate, which is consistent with the recommended reference dose included in the National Academy of Science’s January 2005 report, is providing serious concern for the public health.
Rocket fuel contaminant (perchlorate) in tap water The latest information in a series of critical new studies by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the EPA’s proposed safe exposure level for the rocket fuel contaminant perchlorate is not protective of public health.WHY? In the past year, CDC scientists have found that perchlorate exposure puts a significant number of women at risk of thyroid hormone depression. Furthermore, studies show that the high levels of perchlorate in breast milk may have even more worrisome levels of perchlorate that put the nation’s infants at risk for developmental problems and should lead the government to immediate action to protect the health of the public.The Safe Drinking Water for Healthy Communities Act of 2007, H.R. 1747 is a critical step in establishing a health protective drinking water standard for perchlorate.Perchlorate is at once a man-made and naturally occurring chemical. It is the primary ingredient in solid rocket propellant. Improper or inadequate disposal of wastes permit the chemical to show up in our soil and water. The Environmental Protection Agency is working on determining the amount of perchlorate in water that would not affect the public health, before the Safe Drinking Water Act determines the level of safety of the chemical that would be allowed in tap water, i.e. drinking water. And this is what the Centers for Disease Control is studying with the results mentioned above.
You might already know that there are “safe” levels of other chemicals and products in our water: arsenic, lead, copper, radon, radionucleides, MTBE (methyl-t-butyl ether), microbials and disinfectant byproducts… soon perchlorate will be among these…..
REMEMBER – You can either GET A FILTER or BE A FILTER
Here are some suggestions below on those I use and promote. To guard the integrity and purity of the water, filters need to be replaced; frequency depends on the quality of water in your area.
Countertop system (dual system filter cartridge sold separately. (http://snipurl.com/1hho4) The countertop filtration system can also be installed under the counter with purchase of filtration kit.
Shower head (with shower wand purchased separately http://snipurl.com/1hhnt), the skin being the largest organ, absorbs the most water daily.
See Muriella’s Corner http://snipurl.com/1k6mm for more information on Chlorine and Asthma and Chlorine and Cancer and Fluoride and Boy’s health: Environmental Working Group; NDRC, EPA Toxic Taps…