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GAO questions approach to 2008 preliminary regulatory determination for perchlorate

A new Government Accountability Office report raises concerns about EPA's contentious preliminary determination in 2008 not to regulate perchlorate in drinking water, finding the process and analyses the agency used "were atypical, lacked transparency, and limited the agency's independence in developing and communicating scientific findings." The report further calls on EPA to improve its implementation of requirements under the Safe Drinking Water Act to determine whether additional drinking water contaminants warrant regulation.



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