Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Pending Arsenic Rule Doesn't Hold Water.(Editorial Page)


The public comment period on proposed standards for arsenic in water is over, and the official consensus in New Mexico is that they are unrealistically stringent.

A National Academy of Sciences assertion that the current standard of 50 parts per billion is too high spurred the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA could have trotted around to focus on problem sites where levels of the poison were at or near 50 ppb. Instead, the agency galloped to the conclusion that the standard for all domestic water systems should be whacked to 5 ppb a drop in the bucket, if you've got a bucket that holds 200 million drops.

That would be reasonable if the EPA could wave a magic wand and make the arsenic disappear. …

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