Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Arsenic Standard On Hold.

Byline: Tania Soussan Journal Staff Writer

State Backs EPA Move To Withdraw Water Rule

New Mexico communities faced with spending millions of dollars to meet a new federal standard for arsenic in drinking water won a reprieve Tuesday from the Bush administration.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it wants to withdraw the standard, adopted by President Clinton's administration, and do further research on how much arsenic is acceptable in America's drinking water supplies.

"I want to be sure that the conclusions about arsenic in the (federal) rule are supported by the best available science," said EPA Administrator Christie Whitman.

"When the federal government imposes costs on communities especially small communities we should be sure the facts support imposing the federal standard," Whitman said. …

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