California has become the first state to consider regulating the levels
of allowable toxic perchlorates in drinking water. The pollutant has been
found in increasing levels in waterways around the U.S., particularly
in areas near military bases and test sites (the toxin is most commonly
originates in rocket fuels). Perchlorates cause severe neurological and
thyroid dysfunction and are currently unregulated. In related news, the
U.S. Department of Defense is insisting to Congress it should not be forced
to comply with any environmental regulations, as a matter of national
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