UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — United States Department of Defense Pressures US Environmental Protection Agency Has Significantly Degraded Proposed Standard to Address Groundwater Pollution Caused by Toxic Chemicals Contaminating Drinking Water and used on military bases, writes The New York Times.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released weakened guidelines to eliminate groundwater pollution that contaminates the drinking water used by millions of Americans after the US Department of Defense has asked the White House to intervene, says the US press.
“It is extremely ironic that over the five years of Flint’s water crisis, instead of taking action to improve our drinking water, Trump’s EPA is stepping up efforts to reduce water contamination. Water, “said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food and Water, a non-governmental organization, quoted by the media.
“Despite the agency’s opposite trend, it seems determined to give a pass to industrial and military polluters, despite the clear and present danger that these chemicals pose to our health,” added.
The guidelines apply to Perfluoroalkylated Substances (PFAS), which are heavily used by the Pentagon in the manufacture of foams to contain fires at military bases, and by companies that use them in many domestic products, writes the press. US.
In recent weeks, the Pentagon was lobbying to ensure it does not have to quickly decontaminate hundreds of sites across the country, highlighting the costs.
The new rules will allow military bases to take years to clean up PFAS contamination, removing a paragraph from the draft that urged the rapid removal of “immediate threats posed by hazardous waste sites,” says the New York Times.
David Andrews, a senior researcher with the Environmental Working Group, has called the guidelines “a miserably inadequate response” to what has been widely regarded as one of the most pressing threats to public health in the United States. by the New York Times.
Contaminated groundwater has been found in at least 33 states and affects about 10 million Americans, writes the daily.
“It’s a dressing, at best, that does almost nothing to help hundreds, if not thousands, of communities, in almost every state, with contaminated tap water,” he said. And to add:
“Americans need concrete and quick action to counter this crisis, no more ineffective proposals from the Trump administration.”
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