EPA AND ARSENIC
ANCHOR LEAD: THE EPA SHOULD HOLD TO THE STANDARDS ALREADY IN PLACE FOR ARSENIC, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Even moderate or low levels of arsenic are now known to be associated with the development of type 2 diabetes, a Johns Hopkins study has established. Ana Navas-Acien, the study’s lead author, says the EPA is already empowered to change the health threat of too much arsenic exposure.
NAVAS-ACIEN: Even though we have a safety standard that is regulated by the EPA, the standard has not been fully implemented. With the evidence that we have on arsenic and cancer, and now with this study we should make an effort to fully implement the current arsenic rule. Right now this is affecting mostly individuals living in the Western states also in rural and semirural areas, its very important that we fully implement programs that eliminate arsenic in the drinking water in those areas that are most affected. :30
Navas-Acien recommends that people who drink water from wells consult a US Geological Survey map to assess their risk. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.