Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Consultant Questions Stringent Arsenic Rule.(Metropolitan)

Byline: Dan McKay Journal Staff Writer

Scientists have conflicting data about how arsenic affects the human body, says Floyd Frost, an epidemiologist from the Lovelace Clinic Foundation.

During a speech to the Rotary Club on Monday, Frost said it's unclear what health benefits the public would see from a new federal rule that would sharply cut the amount of arsenic allowed in tap water.

"There's a great deal of uncertainty about this," said Frost, who was hired as consultant to the city of Albuquerque, which has vigorously argued against a more stringent arsenic rule.

The Environmental Protection Agency set a new arsenic standard at 10 parts per billion earlier this month down from the previous standard of 50 parts per billion. …

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