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This report reveals the widespread contamination of the United State's drinking water by toxic and cancer-causing chemicals such as lead, trihalomethanes, arsenic, and radioactivity.

TitleThink before you drink : the failure of the nation's drinking water system to protect public health
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsOlson, ED
Paginationviii, 44 p.: 6 fig., 4 tab.
Date Published1993-01-01
PublisherNational Resources Defense Council
Place PublishedNew York, NY, USA
Keywordsdrinking water, health impact, legislation, public health, usa, water authorities, water pollution
Abstract

This report reveals the widespread contamination of the United State's drinking water by toxic and cancer-causing chemicals such as lead, trihalomethanes, arsenic, and radioactivity. It shows that millions' of peoples' water supplies contain parasites, bacteria, and other microorganisms. It also shows that although tens of thousands of water suppliers are known to be in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act's health protection rules, in the vast majority of cases (including cases of the most serious violations), timely and appropriate enforcement action is taken neither by the state nor the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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