Printer Friendly

New limits for 8 organics in tapwater.

New limits for 8 organics in tapwater

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just announcedfinal standards for the eight most prevalent volatile organic-chemical pollutants in tapwater. The new limits, which go into effect Dec. 31, 1988, involve benzene and vinyl chloride-- both known human carcinogens--and several probable or possible carcinogens, such as carbon tetrachloride and trichloroethylene. While environmentalists had pushed for limits on these chemicals, many, like Jacqueline Warren of the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York City, are not satisfied with the standards. She says the vinyl chloride limit of 2 parts per billion, for example, is about 20 times higher than what EPA has suggested can be removed by activated carbon filtering-- an available technology.
COPYRIGHT 1987 Science Service, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1987, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Science News
Date:Jul 11, 1987
Previous Article:More bad news about that tasty browning.
Next Article:Raising a crop of transistors.

Related Articles
Bed liner maker picks up.
He took a leap, now he's FLYING HIGH.
Incumbent Hall, newcomer McCown capture LCC seats.
Stem cells & MS: what the investigators see.
Plan smart for the long term: Medicaid changes you should know.
Litigation packets help lawyers handle new twists in med-mal cases.
New litigation groups certified at Miami convention.
The property tax shuffle: some states have made major changes in their property taxes while others have zeroed in on special cuts for poor and...
Autumn issue: Bravo.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2016 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters