The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declines to regulate a water contaminant known as perchlorate.
The toxic chemical which is used to create rocket fuel and explosives, has been found in the drinking water system that serve up to 16.6 million Americans. It has also been named as one of the causes of fetal and infant brain damage.
Back in May 2019 EPA, run by Republican Andrew Wheeler, issued a proposed standard to limit perchlorate in drinking water. But on May 14th of this year, a source within the agency reported that EPA will acknowledge that the toxin “can cause I.Q. damage,” but won’t issue a regulation for it since it is “not in the public interest,” reports the New York Times.
An EPA representative has made a statement to CNN, that it “has not yet made a final decision” on the perchlorate regulation subject, but will submit it to the White House “shortly.”
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, perchlorate impairs hormone production critical to brain development, which makes it especially dangerous for pregnant women and small children. The military defense industry massively contributes to the presence of perchlorate in tap water, since it contaminates soil with it. The toxin has the ability to move fast into ground and surface water, ending up in our homes.