EPA Must Get Tough On Drugs In Drinking Water: GAO

Law360, New York (September 9, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT) -- Federal regulators have failed to address concerns over pharmaceuticals in the nation's drinking water and the chemicals' effects on public health, a government report released Thursday revealed.

The Government Accountability Office found that, five years after an interagency task force was established to deal with drugs in drinking water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not made any progress gathering the information it needs to regulate the issue.

Under the Safe Water Drinking Act, the EPA has the authority to regulate pharmaceuticals it considers to be...
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