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[greenyes] Administration Policy Approach to Toxic Chemicals in Groundwater
If only Mr. Bush would apply the same threshold requirements for toxic 
chemicals in our environment as he did to weapons of mass destruction in 
Iraq, we would never have this inexcusable footdragging.  I don't need to 
guess how many of Mr. Bush's friends and contributers live in places 
threated by TCE contamination.


 Sunday, February 20, 2005

Cleanup guidelines lag
Health-risk assessment under review
By Dan Shapley
Poughkeepsie Journal

People living at polluted sites nationwide could be exposed to the toxin 
trichloroethylene, or TCE, at levels higher than the Environmental 
Protection Agency identified as a health concern in 2001, because the EPA 
never set new cleanup standards based on its study.

The health-risk analysis that identified the danger TCE posed to those who 
breathe even minute amounts was never translated into EPA policy, despite 
the recommendation of its own Science Advisory Board. At the prompting of 
industry and other federal agencies, the EPA has subjected the analysis to a 
review by the National Academy of Sciences.

That review will take more than a year, leaving those who live at polluted 
sites and the agencies responsible for remedying them using cleanup 
guidelines for the ubiquitous solvent that vary from state to state, and 
even within the boundaries of one town -- East Fishkill in Dutchess County.

Peter Anderson, President
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