Chemicals in Widefield aquifer more toxic than EPA advisory, draft report says
Author: Jakob Rodgers, The Gazette - June 21, 2018 - Updated: June 21, 2018
The two most notorious chemicals in the Widefield aquifer are seven to 10 times more toxic than previously suggested by the Environmental Protection Agency, a different federal agency reported Wednesday.
The chemicals’ heightened toxicity highlighted an 852-page draft report by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, which it posted for public comment amid concerns by Capitol Hill lawmakers that the report would be suppressed by the White House.
The new scientific review raised fresh questions about whether the EPA’s warnings about the chemicals are too lenient. And the findings suggest that far more Americans are being exposed to harmful chemicals in their drinking water than are currently considered at risk by the EPA, experts contacted by The Gazette said.
In addition to increased concerns about the chemicals’ toxicity, the report said two other chemicals that have yet to trigger EPA warnings pose a health risk.