December 1, 2008--New Mexico wants more protection for drinking water (U.S. Water News)

New Mexico Environment Secretary Ron Curry wants the federal government to regulate the chemical perchlorate to ensure greater protections for the state's drinking water. Perchlorate, a component of rocket fuel, has been found in numerous drinking water systems and aquifers across the state, according to the Environment Department. The contaminant can have health effects for pregnant women, newborns and children. The Environmental Protection Agency made a preliminarily decision earlier this fall that it would not set a drinking water safety standard for the chemical, prompting Curry to detail the state's concerns in a letter to EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson.

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