AP - The Environmental Protection Agency was lambasted during a Senate hearing Tuesday for allowing the American public to learn that traces of pharmaceuticals are in much of the nation's drinking water from an Associated Press investigative series, not the federal government.
The subcommittee convened the hearing in response to a series last month by the AP National Investigative Team that detailed test results showing the presence of minute concentrations of drugs in drinking water in 24 major metropolitan areas that serve 41 million Americans.
The AP's five-month inquiry found that while water is screened for drugs by some suppliers, they usually don't tell customers they have found medication in it, including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones. The stories also detailed the growing concerns among scientists that this pollution is already adversely affecting wildlife, and may threaten human health.
RLCC Comment: This is having a much larger impact than the article suggests, as bad as it makes things sound. There are inter-sexed fish caused by this for instance. It's not good at all. It's entirely the pharmaceutical industry's fault. Their greed is causing the problems. Selfishness is the root evil. Root it out. Make the whole tree good so we will have all good results.
, obtained via: , April 15, 2008, 3:23pm