The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has released its long anticipated
report on the human health effects of perchlorates, a byproduct of
rocket fuel. Perchlorates, which are a common pollutant near military
sites, have recently been found in the water at concerning levels
in 35 states as well as in 93% of lettuce and milk. The government
funded NAS report reveals that perchlorates are roughly ten times
more toxic to humans than the Department of Defense has been claiming.
Perchlorates can inhibit thyroid function, cause birth defects and
lower IQs, and are considered particularly dangerous to children.
Monitoring wells across the U.S. have found perchlorate levels as
high as 30,000 times what the NAS report indicates would be safe exposure.
Due to pressure on congress from the U.S. military complex, there
are currently no federal environmental policies regulating perchlorates.
To date, only one Senator has had the backbone to propose legislation
that would hold the military (and other perchlorate polluters) responsible
for this excessive pollution of the U.S. food and water supply. Send
a quick letter urging congress to support Senator Feinstein’s (CA)
bill to create federal perchlorate safety regulations and to allocate
funding for its clean-up. Take action here: /old_articles/perchlorate.htm