11 Aug '11, 5pm

Meet the new water toxins, same as the old water toxins:

Assuming it doesn't get cockblocked by industry or shut down by Michele Bachmann, the EPA is going to start regulating some gross stuff that hangs out in your water -- not because these are new toxins, but because they're finally being allowed to do something about the old ones. Forbes has a rundown on what you've been drinking, and how to stop drinking it anymore. Perchlorate: It's an ingredient in rocket fuel! Yum. Under the Bush administration, the EPA decided not to regulate it, but the Government Accountability Office cast doubt [PDF] on the validity of that decision (because the scientific method was atypical, i.e. something fishy was going on, and also because hello, rocket fuel). Now the agency has reversed its position. You can reduce perchlorate with a reverse osmosis treatment system, which is super expensive, so maybe just wait for the regs to kick in. After al...

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