Friday, January 27, 2006

Should Your Kids Drink The Water? Bush's EPA Doesn't Know

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been slow to force states to collect and report required data on lead levels in drinking water and has little information on schools and child-care facilities, according to a recently released government study.

The Government Accountability Office study found that the EPA's database lacks some information on more than 70 percent of the nation's water systems. In addition to broadly improving data collection and communication among local, state and federal agencies, it recommended more information be collected on the water in schools and child-care facilities, few of which test for lead, according to the findings.

Benjamin H. Grumbles, who oversees the EPA's Office of Water, said through a spokeswoman Wednesday that the federal Lead and Copper Rule has been effective in keeping lead levels below federal limits in 96 percent of the nation's large water systems.

It's a nice statistic, but 96% of how many water systems? How can we know what's safe and what's not, if we don't have sufficient data?

Sen. James M. Jeffords (I-VT), one of three congressmen to request the GAO study, said the EPA needed to continue to improve its oversight and implementation.

"This GAO report confirms that there are large holes in federal safe drinking water regulations, Jeffords said in a written statement. "The EPA has failed to act in a meaningful way to plug these gaps, even after the drinking water in the nation's capital was 'off-limits' for months."

Jeffords has offered legislation that would create stricter oversight, but the legislation has failed to gain traction in the Republican-led Congress.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give Bush credit.
If he had made environment even a table leg of the centerpiece of his administration, it would have been only more failed or misrepresented policies.
Check out the below link that uses objective and bipartison statistics and other fact-based information to demonstrate hardly a single policy Bush advocated in past State of the Union addresses whether it be healthcare, domestic security, Iraq, job creation, healthcare, energy, etc. has been a success or has even come into being.

This is too much education for most conservatives. It's much easier to live in a fantasy that all is right and good under Bush.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous leftofthedial said...

as long as the groundwater or the local river or lake is available as a free sewer for some corporate factory, they're happy.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Hey, relax. Drinking the water is just as safe as breathing the air at Ground Zero during the months after 9/11. The EPA swore that the air was safe; they wouldn’t lie. I’m sure the drinking water is perfectly safe too

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Joe Snitty said...

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11:33 PM  
Anonymous Joe Snitty said...

One more example of the current administration's priorities. We can't seem to enforce existing laws to protect children from proven environmental threats, but
we can dump time and energy into trying to revive a failed,
flawed attempt to legislate morality
that had already been struck down by the Supreme Court.

11:34 PM  
Anonymous lickspittle said...

The Bush "administration" does nothing right. Why should this be different? He lives in some kind of "Pizzaro" world. Up is down and left is right. Say it loud and long enough and it must be true. This nation cannot tolerate another three years of Bush/cronies. The Hamas election made him look like the fool that he is. Time to Impeach.

11:35 PM  

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